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San Procolo by Michelangelo - Basilica di San domenico

Angel by Michelangelo--Basilica San Domenico, Bologna

Front page, Vasari's LIVES OF THE ARTISTS

Peter Luger Steak

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Two Towers--Bologna

Santa Maria Maggiore

dish of pasta cinghiale (boar sauce. recipe in blog post)

cover E-edition BART: a Life of A. Bartlett Giamatti

Shel Silverstein, from JOHN DANTE'S INFERNO

John Dante's Polaroids (2)

John Dante's Polaroids

Coming soon--Dante in Love

my on-line animated writing course

December 13, 2015

Tags: writing course

popular on-line course on writing and the writing life. AV
a generous wonderful person wrote about this course:
Anthony Valerio is a brilliant gifted author and writing teacher. I learned my writing skills in his class at NYU. Anthony has the ability to respectfully help his students bring out their finest work and then improve upon it. He taught me line editing which empowered (more…)

New Representatives

May 3, 2015

Tags: New Reps

Very pleased to have joined Tempi Irregolari literary agency and to be working with Stefano Bisacchi. AV

Michelangelo in Bologna II

April 30, 2014

Tags: Michelangelo, Bologna, Basilica San Domenico

Another day should not pass without Daisy seeing with her own eyes three sculptures by the young Michelangelo here in Bologna. He was nineteen years old and lived here for eleven months—October 1494 – September ’95-- so he experienced the seasons in the Emilio-Romagna valley, the winters damp, cold, and the winds blow and hold (more…)

Michelangelo in Bologna

April 16, 2014

Tags: Michelangelo, Bologna, Basilica San Domenico

a Wednesday, off to see early Michelangelos with my own eyes. A marble angel--height 51.5, and a statue of Saint Proculus of Bologna which purportedly presages the David--are located in the Basilica of San Domenico. An Asian couple and I arrive at the door at the same time only to discover that the Basilica is (more…)

Origin of Georgio Vasari's (1511-1574) LIVES OF THE ARTISTS

April 12, 2014

Tags: Vasari, Lives of the Artists

"At that time I went often in the evening, at the end of the day's work, to see the above-named most illustrious Cardinal Farnese at supper, where there were always present, to entertain him with beautiful and honourable discourse, Molza, Annibale Caro, M. Gandolfo, M. Claudio Tolomei, M. Romolo Amaseo, Monsignor Giovio, and many (more…)

The Last Supper & Peter Luger's Steak House

April 10, 2014

Tags: Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, Peter Luger's Steakhouse

Viewing Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is like eating a porterhouse steak at Peter Luger's Steakhouse in Brooklyn, New York. You need to make reservations weeks, months, in advance. The actual viewing and eating require planning, forethought, like rehearsing a death-bed scene.

Bologna's Two Towers

April 5, 2014

Tags: Bologna's Two Towers. Dante in Bologna

Today took a walk and got lost on Via Zamboni. There was the church of Mary Magdalene and I went in and prayed and meditated on Mary Magdalene and felt the love Jesus had for her and she for him. Though I have loved many women in this one lifetime, not one has ever (more…)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2)

December 8, 2013

Tags: Santa Maria Maggiore. THE LITTLE SAILOR. Anthony Valerio's blog

The second item on the papal itinerary today was a visit to St. Mary Major Basilica (Santa Maria Maggiore) to venerate the image of Mary known as the "Salus Populi Romani," which is an icon depicting Mary and the Christ child, over the altar of the Pauline Chapel (Cappella Paolina).
I have written about (more…)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2013

Tags: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Anthony Valerio's blog, The Hail Mary

Today, December 8, Italians celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. All Catholics from recently baptized infants to men who, as a rule, do not go to church, which, in our entrada, comprised the majority of our men, the belief being that god would be more receptive to the prayers of our women more so (more…)

JFK Remembered in Italy

November 26, 2013

Tags: JFK Remembered, Marconi

Remembering JFK from Italy (1963/2013)
Ferruccio—called Ruccio-- and I together that day 50 years ago, in late afternoon Italian time, in Bologna. Today we arrange to meet at that city’s Porta Castiglione, named for the author, diplomat, soldier and courtier Baldassarre Castiglione (1478-1529), best known for his book, The Courtier. Italian streets have memory. (more…)

New Work - Dante in Love - a modern literary translation of Dante's classic A New Life

Fiction. Translation
a haunting beautiful eternal story of unrequited love--
Italian and Italian American Studies. Biography
Illiterate and poor, the daughter of a herdsman in 19th century Brazil, Anita Ribeiro was lifted from a life of obscurity to one that is the stuff of romance and adventure. When she and a young Italian exile by the name of Captain Garibaldi met in 1839, they joined in the cause of founding a Brazilian republic. Later they went on to lead the defense of Montevideo from an Argentine siege—just one episode among many in their idealistic, nationalistic crusade in a time of immense revolutionary upheaval. It was Anita who taught Garibaldi the guerrilla ways of the gauchoS≪/i>, and they lived as man and wife through a series of adventure and wars. Returning to Italy in 1848 to fight for a united republican Italy, as revolution swept throughout Europe, Anita and Garibaldi were tragically separated by her untimely death the following year. Garibaldi went on to ultimate fame as the father of modern Italy—while Anita's story drifted into the mists of legend. This book, the first full biography of the remarkable life of Anita Garibaldi, tells the true story of a fascinating and important woman.
Italian History, Biography, Women's Studies
John Dante, Champ - and his great friends Shel Silverstein & Hugh Hefner, and many others
"The substance of this memoir is what makes us human when we come home from struggling in the world." --Afaa Michael Weaver
Biography. New Print Edition.
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IMMIGRANTS, according to Anthony Valerio