x
Toggle Content Register or Login  -  April 27, 2017, 4:47 pm
Toggle Content User Info

Welcome Anonymous

Nickname
Password

Membership:
Latest: Cindyhead
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 1841

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 70
Total: 70
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: Community Forums
02: Community Forums
03: Community Forums
04: Community Forums
05: Community Forums
06: Community Forums
07: Community Forums
08: Community Forums
09: Community Forums
10: Home
11: Community Forums
12: Community Forums
13: Community Forums
14: My Account
15: Community Forums
16: Community Forums
17: Community Forums
18: My Account
19: Home
20: Community Forums
21: Community Forums
22: Photo Gallery
23: Community Forums
24: Community Forums
25: Community Forums
26: Community Forums
27: Community Forums
28: Community Forums
29: Community Forums
30: Community Forums
31: Photo Gallery
32: Community Forums
33: Community Forums
34: Community Forums
35: Community Forums
36: Community Forums
37: Community Forums
38: Community Forums
39: Photo Gallery
40: Community Forums
41: Community Forums
42: Community Forums
43: Photo Gallery
44: Community Forums
45: Statistics
46: Community Forums
47: Community Forums
48: Community Forums
49: Community Forums
50: Community Forums
51: Community Forums
52: Community Forums
53: Community Forums
54: Community Forums
55: Community Forums
56: Community Forums
57: Community Forums
58: Community Forums
59: Home
60: Community Forums
61: Community Forums
62: Community Forums
63: Home
64: Community Forums
65: Community Forums
66: Community Forums
67: Community Forums
68: Community Forums
69: Community Forums
70: Community Forums

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!
Toggle Content Main Menu
Toggle Content Last Posts
Last 10 Forum Messages

Vuozzo Surname
Last post by nuccia in About Us on Apr 23, 2017 at 02:17:59

Translate Do(edited)ent
Last post by Italysearcher in Translations on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:08:33

Ghio in Portovenere
Last post by Marko in Southern Italy on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:31:06

Birth Record for GGF and GGM
Last post by debbiemfit in Northern Italy on Mar 12, 2017 at 21:49:52

Calabria Record
Last post by JoeBlack36 in Southern Italy on Mar 11, 2017 at 15:53:00

Cassivi from Ragusa
Last post by Italysearcher in Southern Italy on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:54:25

FONTANA-PENSA marriage between 1800 and 1814 in Como
Last post by denby in Northern Italy on Feb 27, 2017 at 00:00:12

Online Vital Records
Last post by debbiemfit in General Discussion Groups on Feb 26, 2017 at 21:15:51

Help finding city
Last post by Italysearcher in Southern Italy on Feb 05, 2017 at 11:10:06

Audino Birth Certificate - Benestare
Last post by drusilla in Where do I begin? on Jan 27, 2017 at 00:23:52

Toggle Content Help Support this Site
Please support GentediMareGenealogy
Help us by supporting the future development of this site, or simply to say thank you.
Toggle Content EStore
Community Forums › General › General Discussion Groups › Reflections...

     Forum FAQ   Search   Log in to check your private messages   Login  
Reflections...
Want to share something new or just have fun? You can do that here.

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Forum Index General Discussion Groups Printer Friendly Page

View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Aether
Researcher
Researcher


Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 128
Location: Americas, Italy

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reflections... Reply with quote

On Mother's Day I am reminded of how my mother instilled in me a love
for the history of art and in particular, of the work of Michelangelo.

"The Creation of Adam"

The Sistine Chapel ceiling begun by Michelangelo in 1509 was completed
at the end of 1512 and unveiled on January 1, 1513.

The trials and tribulations of Michelangelo during his painting of the ceiling are well documented by himself as well as others.

He has written:
“I’ ho gia’ fatto un gozzo in questo stento,
Come fa l’acqua a’gatti in Lombardia,
O ver altro paese che si sia,
Ch’ a forza ‘I ventre appicca sotto ‘l mento.
La barba al cielo, e la memoria sento
In sullo scrigno, e ‘il petto fo d’arpia…”

(“I have grown goiter by dwelling in this den-
As cats from stagnant streams in Lombardy,
Or in what other land they hap to be-
Which drives the belly close beneath my chin:
My beard turns up to heaven; my nape falls in,
Fixed on my spine: my breast- bone visibly
Grows like a harp…”)

Its most celebrated scene is “The Creation of Adam’ wherein we see God reaching out His finger to transfer the spark of life from Him to the first man.

Prior to the completion of the restoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling I was fortunate enough to be invited by the Chief Restorer to see the work first-hand. We took an elevator to the top of the scaffold and stood a foot below the frescoes. He took my hand and placed it on the “fingers of God” and told me, “See how smooth the fresco is. Michelangelo has added marble dust to the plaster of paris mixture to make it like velvet.”

The event still resonates in my heart and mind. It was not only the touching of a work by Michelangelo but because the “Sistine Chapel is dear to the world’s faithful, not only for the masterpieces it contains but also because the role it plays in the life of the Church” as Pope John Paul II reminded us after the inauguration of the restored frescoes in 1999.

Aether

_________________
"Fiori di grano
Amici piu' di prima saremo;
Amici piu' di prima da lontano."

Aether

Account Deactivated
Back to top
View user's profile
Cathy
V.I.P.
V.I.P.


Joined: Jul 10, 2007
Posts: 2681

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Reflections... Reply with quote

Beautiful post Sofia! Thank you so much for sharing those precious memories. It must have been amazing standing so close to the greatest of masterpieces! How fortunate you are.

_________________
Cathy
My Websites
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website Photo Gallery
nuccia
Admin
Admin


Joined: Jul 10, 2007
Posts: 4360
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Reflections... Reply with quote

What a wonderful post! Is that the avatar that Carole uses?

Your mother taught you well..while I love both history and art, I don't know much about either. Sad
You're a very lucky woman... kiss

_________________
nuccia
Italian Surname Database

Calabria Exchange
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website
Aether
Researcher
Researcher


Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 128
Location: Americas, Italy

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Reflections... Reply with quote

Hi Nuccia,

Thanks - Art is always good for the soul! Yes, it is Carole's Avatar. Pity it is a poor reproduction, probably from a publication. I have a complete set of very good slides done after the restoration. Available from the Vatican.

Need anything about Art? I am here!

Abbracci, Sophia kiss

_________________
"Fiori di grano
Amici piu' di prima saremo;
Amici piu' di prima da lontano."

Aether

Account Deactivated
Back to top
View user's profile
Aether
Researcher
Researcher


Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 128
Location: Americas, Italy

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Reflections... Reply with quote

Thanks Cathy,

I greatly enjoy Art and its history, and love to share. I will be doing additional research on byzantine art in Calabria. The wealth of material available is a challenge, it will take time.
I have on this last trip (Sept. to Dec.) done some preliminary survey of various comunes. I drove up and down the mountain roads discovering!
Easy driving, most wonderful kind people! The small paesine - beautiful!
Going back soon. Will include your area!

Abbracci, Sophia kiss

_________________
"Fiori di grano
Amici piu' di prima saremo;
Amici piu' di prima da lontano."

Aether

Account Deactivated
Back to top
View user's profile
  Page 1 of 1All times are GMT - 4 Hours

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Forum Index General Discussion Groups Printer Friendly Page

  
 
Jump to:  



You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum



Hosted By Site5.com
The logos and trademarks used on this site are the property of Gente di Mare Genealogy.
We are not responsible for comments posted by our users, as they are the opinions of the poster.
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy
TCD_ItalianGene © Gente di Mare Genealogy