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Ruins

December 26, 2016

The ancient inscriptions sought out from among the vegetation in which they were embedded, during walks through Rome… The study of the remains… “Old walls, yet new for modern spirits” (Boccaccio about the vast ruins of Baiae)… The city of ruins… Ruins awakened an elegiac or sentimental melancholy in Petrarch and Boccaccio… The remains of antiquity which surrounded Fabio Calvi in Rome  touched him so deeply that he would stand before them as if entranced, or would suddenly burst into tears at the sight of them… In the sacred legends it became the custom to lay the scene of the birth of Christ in the ruins of a magnificent palace… That artificial ruins became afterwards a necessity of landscape gardening is only a practical consequence of this feeling.

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“The Roman circular bath”, Edward John Poynter.

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September 4, 2010

July 27, 2010

« Onerat discentem turba, non instruit. » ~ Seneca

July 14, 2010

« Os homini sublime dedit, coelumque tueri
iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus. »
~ Ovidio, Le Metamorfosi.