Kephaloídion

Before I began my rudimentary Italian lessons online I'd never heard of Cefalù, yet it is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Sicily.  Perhaps my apathy towards beach holidays is at fault.  In any event when I arrived there in late March, the island was still at the mercy of "The Beast from … Continue reading Kephaloídion

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Levels of Recognition

Perhaps the young amphibian martial artists of New York's sewers are to blame, but when it comes to the artists of the Italian Renaissance and beyond, some getter a better deal than others in the public eye.  Perhaps Caravaggio was just a syllable too many to be a catchy name for a super hero, but … Continue reading Levels of Recognition

The Second Elizabeth.

For centuries England had been ruled by kings, and then Henry VIII produced two daughters who would each sit on the throne. Mary's rein was relatively short and largely forgotten by many but for her persecution of religious dissenters. Her sister Elizabeth's era is legendary by comparison. She was an exceptional woman.  And yet there … Continue reading The Second Elizabeth.

Praecipua (Part two)

So how did these marble reliefs that had been scattered around Italy and beyond come to be reassembled and displayed in a custom-built museum off an alley-like stretch of Via di Ripetta? To be fair, the location is fitting.  The Via di Ripetta (road of the little bank) has followed the Tiber here for about … Continue reading Praecipua (Part two)

666 is no longer alone*

* Genesis - Supper's Ready   People attach special significance to certain numbers whether they're religious, freemasons, or just seeking the advantage of a little luck.  Depending on which sources you read, any number from 1-25 (and many more beyond that including the number of the beast in my title) has special meaning in the bible. … Continue reading 666 is no longer alone*

Scarlet Women…

Time to conclude my look at some of the Palazzi of Via Garibaldi (Strada Nuova) which means Palazzo Rosso, the Red Palace.  This again was owned by the Brignole-Sale family, though the matriarch in my last Italian post, and who is represented here, bequeathed the palace to the city in 1874 a few years before … Continue reading Scarlet Women…

Red, White and… You’re Letting the Side Down

The crown jewels of the magnificent buildings of Genoa's Strada Nuova could be said to be the three palaces run by the city's museum's service.  The buildings themselves are magnificent, but with the added incentive of some interesting contents I was keen to visit them early in my itinerary.  In common with many Italian museums … Continue reading Red, White and… You’re Letting the Side Down