Daily Rome Shot 307

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  1. PostCatholic says:

    I think this is my favourite spot in all of Rome. I have a lovely memory of sharing an embrace with my then-fiance at sunset in front of the John Keats and Percy Shelley museum (whatever it’s called, I’m sure a more knowledgeable reader here can correct me) on the Piazza di Spagna.

  2. TonyO says:

    Is that the church and fountain at 39 Steps?

  3. VForr says:

    How is it empty? It reminds of the Rome shots shared during the virus outbreak.

  4. PostCatholic says:

    The Spanish Steps and the Chiesa Trinità Dei Monti, TonyO. The fountain is of a stylized trireme or boat of some ancient sort. (The 39 Steps is a classic spy caper film.)

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    Paradiso, Canto X, St. Thomas Aquinas speaks to Dante.

    E dentro a l’un senti cominciar: “Quando
    lo raggio de la grazia, onde s’accende
    verace amore e che poi cresce amando,
    multiplicato in te tanto resplende,
    che ti conduce su per quella scala
    u’ sanza risalir nessun discende;

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    St. Thomas Aquinas began his discourse with:

    Quando lo raggio de la grazia…

    When the radiance of the Lord’s grace…

    Dante’s Divine Comedy is written in the vernacular, Italian, and consists of the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. At the beginning of the Inferno Dante is midway on the journey of life, and finds himself in a dark forest as the straight path had been lost. Dante meets Virgil, who introduces him to famous characters from antiquity. A castle is involved. Adventure ensues.

    Dante’s epic poem is a rewarding read. A benevolent God also granted us a Dantesque epic tale in modern vernacular, English, and in cinematic form.

    In the concrete jungle of Chicago Jake and Elwood, who showed great promise while younglings at St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage, are midway through life and lost in a dark wood (Jake just finished hard time in the slammer). Then, during a visit with Sister Mary Stigmata they receive a mission from God. The adventure begins at a sort of castle, encounters with poets and bards of the realm ensue.


    [Gotta say… that’s nimble. But anything that brings together the Blues Brothers and the Divine Comedy…]

  7. Semper Gumby says:

    One wonders where in the Divine Comedy Dante would place: the Office of the Cook County Assessor, Bob’s Country Bunker, Ray’s Music Exchange in Calumet City, the Reverend Cleophus, Mrs. Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Sr. Stigmata and Curtis, Burton Mercer, Illinois Nazis, and Maury Sline who got them the gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom on Lake Wazzapamani.

  8. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    The Fontana della Barcaccia – of which Wikipedia tells us, “According to legend, as the River Tiber flooded in 1598, water carried a small boat into the Piazza di Spagna. When the water receded, a boat was deposited in the center of the square, and it was this event that inspired Bernini’s creation.”

    Reading the Gesù Nazareno Riscattato ‘Rome Shot’ comments, I went looking for a history of the Trinitarians in the Internet Archive, and was directed to Mrs. Jameson’s Legends of the Monastic Orders as Represented in the Fine Arts, in which she writes that the Pope gave them “the church and convent since called S. Maria della Navicella” – named with reference to yet another ship sculpture, which Wikipedia tells us “has been in this location since ancient times” but was turned into a fountain by Pope Leo X.

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