Category Archives: Italy

Flavinus, Easter, and Power

A note to my Sewanee-in-England students in Hexham, where we are all exhausted after climbing around Housesteads fort, as I had with my sons 6 years ago. Alas, Hexham Abbey opens at 9:30 AM but we must be on the … Continue reading

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The Backstory to the SAS Reredos

Earlier this year, I wondered about the reredos in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee school chapel, discovering that it was a copy of the Demidoff Altarpiece, now in National Gallery, London, but originally made by Carlo Crivelli for the church of San Domenico in … Continue reading

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Reredos in St. Andrew’s Sewanee

Below are some pictures from the chapel at St. Andrew’s Sewanee School, particularly the reredos behind the altar. The whole thing, very Italianate in its appearance, intrigues me, and I’d like to make a study of it at some point in … Continue reading

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Rubio/L’Arringatore 

Marco Rubio bid the Republican race for president farewell last night, leaving the field open to either a dangerous demagogue or an inflexible ideologue to be the party’s candidate. I’ve been reading Sallust’s history of the Catilianarian conspiracy, and I … Continue reading

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Catching Up With Brother Benedict

Postscript, October 30, 2016. “The Basilica of St. Benedict is destroyed, flattened by most recent earthquake.” From the Twitter account of the monks of Norcia. A tragic day. Postscript, August 24, 2016. The 6.2 earthquake in central Italy last night … Continue reading

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A Flavian Lady in Chattanooga

When I was in Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital recently to visit a friend, I passed by this bust on my way to the elevator. The baroness Marguerite Erlanger, wife of the French baron who endowed the hospital, was born Marguerite Mathilde Slidell (1842–1927), … Continue reading

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Behold the (Other) Man! Looking for Pilate 2: Naples, Palazzo Pitti

Naples’ Palazzo Pitti is the other enormous, masterpiece-stuffed museum in Florence, or rather, set of museums jammed into a Renaissance palace that, in addition to having many stone staircases inside to climb, is on top of a hill. To the … Continue reading

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