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St. Charles Borromeo, Patron of Learning and the Arts

In our house, getting the right sleep temperature is a challenge.  We have baseboard heating, and the master bedroom is warmer than the rest of the house.  Adjusting for comfortable sleep requires at least an associate’s degree:  If sleeping alone, slide under sheet, down comforter, and quilted spread.  If toasty-warm husband is in room, turn […]

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Michelangelo’s David—and the World’s Worst Toilet

Some days one idea catapults into another, with the result that the sublime slams headlong into the ridiculous, producing a flaming nonsequitur of a blog post.  Today is one of those days. I read that on September 13, 1501, Michelangelo began carving what is perhaps his pièce de résistance, the 17-foot marble sculpture of David, […]

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Two Mary’s! Giotto’s “Birth of the Virgin” Raises an Interesting Question

OK, I’ve got a question for you:  WHY are there two babies in this picture? This painting, titled “Birth of the Virgin,” is by the Renaissance artist Giotto di Bondone (better known simply as “Giotto.”)  It’s one where to get steroids online of a fresco cycle on the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Giotto’s work […]

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WAIT, I WASN'T DONE! Orvieto Sights and Shops

Yesterday, I told you a little about Orvieto, the quaint Umbrian city that overlooks the Italian vineyards, like a diamond solitaire atop a precious ring.  But I wasn't done being effusive!  Orvieto is, in a way, a caricature of central Italy, a Disney-esque impression of an Italian city that's more… well, more Italian than the pope.  Here […]

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ORVIETO: City of the Miracle

The town of Orvieto is an Etruscan city located in the scenic region of Umbria, between Firenze (Florence) and Roma (Rome). Orvieto made the news this week because attendees at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Caritas Internationalis were treated on May 21 to a ride aboard a historic train, dubbed the “Caritas Express,” from Rome […]

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