Monthly Archives: July 2015

Traces of Galileo 

Inspired by the sight of the Belvedere fort from my window, I spent part of yesterday tracking down traces of Galileo. The museum dedicated to the great man in the Palazzo Castellani, where the history of Florentine science is traced … Continue reading

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Uh huh, Cellini’s Perseus

Me and Doctor Freud know what you’re up to with the position of that harpe, Benvenuto!      This sight of Medusa’s head makes the spectator stiff with terror, turns him to stone. Observe that we have here once again … Continue reading

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Some Etruscan Urns in Florence

Florence’s Museo Archeologico has vast amounts of Etruscan material. It’s long on stuff, but short on explication. I walked into a room full of urns, none of them with any labels or anything! Still, I’m sure it’s possible to puzzle … Continue reading

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Theodore Parker’s Grave, 2015

I went up to the English Cemetery on Piazzale Donatello this afternoon to look at the tombstone of Theodore Parker. It’s a bit of a misnomer, Cimitero Inglese, as it’s really a graveyard for Swiss Protestants. But it is the … Continue reading

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Notes on Florence

A Room with a View … and Voices I’ve arrived to the Istituto Gould, where I’m staying in Oltrarno. It is a Waldensian institution, that is, a pre-Reformation Protestant sect that was mercilessly treated by the Church, despite their piety … Continue reading

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An Altar of Peace

Such a humid day, and the crush of the crowds in central Rome can be so overwhelming, but I made the long walk up to the northern Camp Marzio to see Augustus’ Ara Pacis in Richard Meier’s covering structure. Controversial … Continue reading

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A Day at the Museum, A Night at the Opera

Saturday was a day and a night for inventive combinations of ancient and modern in Rome. Everyone had been telling me that I should go to Centrale Montemartini, so I did and was glad to have done so; the former … Continue reading

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