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“Il filosofo (Masto Ciccio) o San Paolo,” by Vincenzo Gemito
“St. Longinus,” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
“Frontpiece to ‘Principi di Scienza Nuova,'” by Giambattista Vico, 1744 edition… 6 more words


Towards an Art of Purpose

I have often heard it said, when in a position of judgemental argumentation, “Who are you to judge, who are you to say what is good or bad!” The answer, so starkly white-hot in the mind as to burn through its cranial cage, is always the same, “The only one present.” This truism can be applied to nearly everything but I find it is, in my experience, most often brought to bear on art. 877 more words


Happy Valentine's Day...

…to my 400-year-old boyfriend, Gian Lorenzo Bernini…

…and to all the tortured lovers out there (and those of us who are still searching)! 29 more words


St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican

It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by St. Peter’s – the space is so vast, even when full of tourists it doesn’t shrink down.

The baldacchino over the high altar at St. 246 more words


Palazzo Barberini

In 1625, then-Cardinal Barberini acquired a property from the Sforza family in Rome that had a vineyard and ‘palazzetto’. It was on this property he decided to build the Palazzo Barberini. 175 more words


The Courtesans of Rome: Part I

Courtesans! I’ve been waiting for the right moment to write about them and the time has finally arrived! I was super excited when a friend, … 1,148 more words