Tag Archives: Rome

The Burden of Beauty

Frederic Leighton was an English artist who followed his own shadow looking for a direction to go in. Maybe it was because he was still very young but I had a feeling it was because he was ambiguous within.  In … Continue reading

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Every day is a short story

One should count each day a separate life. Seneca A short story is a work of fiction limited in length and meant to be read in just one sitting. It is based on a plot, that is, a series of … Continue reading

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Towards Paros

Finally, Paros! We took a taxi to the airport.  On the way, motorists were honking, zigzagging, driving aggressively. But, when asked, our driver said driving a taxi in Rome didn’t stress him out.  Like Don Ruiz who says “don’t take … Continue reading

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Futurists without a future

At the beginning of the 1900s, the United States  and much of Europe was being swept away by the Industrial Revolution.  But Italy, burdened with grandeurs of the past (Ancient Rome, Renaissance, Baroque) had difficulties updating itself.  So a group … Continue reading

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Roses & Freemasons

Between 1880 and 1910, an arts & crafts movement exploded in Europe. It was a reaction against the decline in standards resulting from factory produced as opposed to handmade objects. Quality as opposed to quantity was now the objective.  But … Continue reading

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The Unfolding of Mariano Fortuny

What is a pleat other than a fold.  And what is a fold other than the combination of order and flexibility. Pleats have been around for a long time. They were around in ancient Egypt and continued to be used … Continue reading

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Vieni, Marcello, viene!

Federico Fellini was from Rimini but moved to Rome in 1939.  He wanted to be a writer but enrolled in law school to appease his parents.  Of course the war changed everything. Fellini was into making films evolving around politics … Continue reading

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