Category Archives: Verano Monumental Cemetery

Santayana’s Sense of Beauty

My studio is near Rome’s Verano Monumental Cemetery. The “monumental” refers to the numerous monuments honouring the deceased within the cemetery’s walls. Verano is often referred to as “un museo all’aperto”—an open air museum full of sculptures. But it’s also … Continue reading

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George Santayana (1863-1952)

Josefina Borràs was Spanish but spent part of her youth in the Philippines.  Here she met and married the Bostonian George Sturgis. After her husband’s death, Josefina went to live in the U.S. with her children but, after awhile,  decided … Continue reading

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The Phrygian Cap

Giuditta Tavani Arquati’s father had spent much time in papal jails because he sustained the fight for the Roman Republic.  His beliefs were based on secular and republican values and it was in this kind of environment that Giuditta grew … Continue reading

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High Notes and Low Notes

Her mother sung in a choir and her father was an operatic stage manager.  So there is no surprise that Claudia Muzio became an opera singer. Her father’s job kept them on the move.  Although from Italy, Claudia’s family lived … Continue reading

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“Adelita or Die Lorelei?”

The Mexican Revolution was not just about Mexico. It was also about other countries that got involved for political aka economical reasons. Paul von Hintze studied at the Naval Academy which eventually led to his becoming an admiral in the German … Continue reading

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