I’ve been struggling with moving photos around and with wifi, so posting is a little tricky at the moment.
Anyway, some shots.
A wide angle view of our lunch spot from yesterday.
I had rabbit for my second, but here’s my first. Chestnut ravioli with sausage, porcini, and truffle.
The wine list for the reds was like a telephone book.
Off to the Borghese Gallery, which I hadn’t visited for while.
My favorite Caravaggio is here.
Clicking could give you a larger version.
I have spent a lot of time in front of this painting on and off over the years and it remains an enigma. The biblical references are obvious.
It seems as if this is moment in which a mother is teaching a son how to do something. Note the angle of her head. Very human, every day. Think about how parents teach children to dance, with their feet upon their own.
However, there is nothing hesitant or inexpert about what the little Christ is doing.
Note how He pushes of with His right leg.
Note the powerful gesture of his hand with the crooked finger that is mirrored in the final curl of the snake’s death-throe.
Note His look of focused disgust.
This is not Mother showing Child how it is done. This is, “When the time comes, Mother, this is how to do it!”, and He presses her foot down on the Enemy.
And then let’s see Bernini make a girl turning into a tree out of marble turning into a tree. It’s astonishing.
Later we had a rousing supper involving even wine and some laughing.
Today, began with sewing (buttons on a cassock and repair of a “loop”).
Later, lunch with friends and catching up on some insider stuff going on around the place. Tonight, more friends, more supper, more wine. There may be cigars involved.
As I said…