In addition to books that pour in, and a few magazines, I get the monthly newsletter from the Fabbrica di San Pietro. They always have fascinating short articles with photos about aspects of the Basilica of St. Peter and the grounds of the Vatican. This week I received the issues from last August and September. They can be a little late.
In this newsletter, something caught my eye.
See the guy with the glasses? He is on the bas relief of the tomb of Gregory XIII who reformed the calendar. His tomb shows the moment when Christopher Clavius gave the project to the Pope. The guy with the glasses is an onlooker.
16th century cheaters!
It seems that researchers at the Fabbrica opened up an old case of stuff and found stuff from the 16th century, including an old goose quill pen and a sketch of the same sort of glasses.
This reminded me of an exhibit on ancient glass which I saw in Paris, in December 2017. These date from 16th c. France. They have their case.
And here is something really fun. Apparently some guy left his glasses in a book, which then got closed and put away for a loooooong time.
These glasses are from the 16th c. The book is a 16th c. collection of sermons by St. Augustine.
What did the page look like through these glasses?
I’ve got various cheaters all over The Cupboard Under The Stairs. Sometimes I leave a pair on an open book that might get partly closed when moved.
A little human moment captured.