Saints, prophets and gods

The Deliverance of St. Peter– between reality and a vision

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The Deliverance of St. Peter– between reality and a vision

Here in front of our very eyes, a mysterious scene takes place, written down in the Gospel of St. Luke. We are in Jerusalem. Christ had been crucified a few years prior. The ruler of Judea, King Herod Agrippa I, had already for some time been wanting to appeal to the Jews and persecutes a sect of Christians (Jews believing in Christ). He orders one of Jesus’s companions – James to be executed and has Peter imprisoned. Why him? It seemed that Peter was the leader of the new religious movement. Locked in prison and guarded by four regiments (four soldiers in each) after the Passover...

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Fontana di Piazza Mastai – an old or a new fountain, here is the question

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Fontana di Piazza Mastai – an old or a new fountain, here is the question

Walking along the streets of Trastevere, if we sit weary from our trip, on one of the stony benches on the Mastai Square, our eyes will be faced with quite a challenge. Although, we can feel that the fancy fountain, which we have in front of us is not old, similarly to the square itself, it looks like a centuries-old structure in every inch. If this ignorance would make us feel uneasy, it is simply enough to read the inscription found on one of its walls. We can have no doubt – the fountain was not created until 1865.

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Antonio Canova’s funerary monument of Pope Clement XIV – a quiet grief of final parting

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Antonio Canova’s funerary monument of Pope Clement XIV – a quiet grief of final parting

A liberal, “the conqueror” of the Jesuits and the founder of the Museo Pio-Clementino (presently a part of the Vatican Museums) died in 1774. Eight years later, one of his nepots assigned a later large sum to put up an appropriate monument for the pope in the Basilica of Santi XII Apostoli. Its author Antonio Canova created a work that was new in form and expression, which at the blink of an eye made him famous throughout Europe. Funerary art, starting at that very moment, changed its face, making Canova into an innovator, while at the same time the best continuator of the great Gi...

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