Courageous and politically incorrect women

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Beatrice Cenci (1577–1599) – a patricide absolved by Romans, commemorated by the city

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Giulia Farnese Orsini – black-eyed ad black-haired papal mistress

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Imperia Cognati - the most famous courtesan of Renaissance Rome

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) – a significant, yet cumbersome papal guest

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Marozia (892? – 936?) – „beautiful as a goddess and fiery as a wench”

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Pauline Borghese (1780–1825) – a French provocateur in the papal chapel

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Silvia Ruffini (approx. 1475–1561) – a lonely, quiet widow, with a group of a cardinal’s children

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Theodora the Elder (? – 928?) – a prostitute or a woman of „truly manly strength”?

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Tullia d’Aragona (1508? – 1556) – the queen of literary salons

Courageous and politically incorrect women

Vanozza Cattanei (1442–1518) – the unofficial wife of the pope and the official mother of his children

Villa Aldobrandini – a place of respite over the city teeming with life

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Villa Aldobrandini – a place of respite over the city teeming with life

In the very heart of Rome, by or more appropriately over one of the busiest streets of the city, the via Nazionale, stretches an enchanted garden. Between the ponds and palms, there are sculptures and antique fountains. And when we take a seat upon one of the benches, a scent of blooming camellias, magnolias, and orange flowers will reach our nostrils, while our eyes will be filled with views of cypresses and stone pines. This, in the past suburban villa, we can admire today in a much-reduced form and only our imagination may tell us what the orchards, gardens, and parks that stretched here un...

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The Temple of Romulus on Forum Romanum – a great archeological mystery

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The Temple of Romulus on Forum Romanum – a great archeological mystery

On Forum Romanum at via Sacra, between the Basilica of Maxentius and the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, there stands one of those ancient buildings which has been preserved in almost its original form. The brick building in the shape of a cylinder still today arouses the interest of researchers who strive to figure out its use. Who was this Romulus to whom it was dedicated? Was he the miraculously taken to heaven founder of Rome, who battled the Sabines here? Or perhaps he was the son of Maxentius – a tragically deceased youth, whom his father wanted to deify? The legends intertwine w...

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The Fascist Youth Organization Building by Luigi Moretti – a new architecture for a new era

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The Fascist Youth Organization Building by Luigi Moretti – a new architecture for a new era

Architecture has always been an expression of the prestige and power of those who commissioned it. Frequently it was also a means of propaganda. During Fascist times it was to fulfill a utilitarian function, but also to create the new esthetics of the new state targeted at a new man. Slogans such as modernity and progress were willingly used. Architecture was to be their emanation – a vision of universal and absolute order and rigor. Let us take a look at the language it used.

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