Category Archives: Italy

Lauro de Bosis’ Gesture

From George Garrett’s “A Wreath for Garibaldi,” Kenyon Review 23 (1961) 487-88: It is hard for me to know how I feel about Lauro di Bosis. I suffer from mixed feelings. He was a well-to-do, handsome, and sensitive young poet. … Continue reading

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Flavinus, Easter, and Power

A note to my Sewanee-in-England students in Hexham, where we are all exhausted after climbing around Housesteads fort. Alas, Hexham Abbey opens at 9:30 AM but we must be on the road by 9. What I had wanted to show … 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school chapel, discovering that it was a copy of the Demidoff Altarpiece, now in National Gallery, London, but originally made by Carlo Crivelli for the church of San Domenico in … Continue reading

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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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Protected: A Flavian Lady in Chattanooga

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

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Facing Demons in Etruria

Out to Fiumcino airport I went, thinking it would be easier to deal with a car rental there and get on to the E80 to Cerveteri and Tarquinia to look at the Etruscan tombs. Alas, Avis at FCO was an … Continue reading

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The Most Dantean Thing I Saw in Florence

… was not Dante’s house, although I admired that it was on Via Dante Aligheri, and appreciated that the quotations from the Commedia carved in stone and set into the nearby buildings. Inside the Casa is a Museo that, at … Continue reading

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Through Transpadene Gaul by Rail

I was on my way to Lausanne from Milan by train, and instead of reading the book I had with me, decided to look on the window instead. There’s not too much to see at first.  The trainyard isn’t all … Continue reading

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Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie

Below is an exchange I had recently with Chrigel Glanzmann, the lead singer of Eluveitie, the Swiss folk metal band on whose work I’m writing I’ve written an essay (comparing it to Charles Gleyre’s “The Romans Going Under the Yoke”).  … Continue reading

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