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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

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 closed and will reopen later in the afternoon. Michelangelo's work is open to view at fixed times. Walk over the courtyard's hard stones centuries old. Did Michelangelo walk over them? Did he wear socks? Seated on a shady bench, gaze up the brickwork column to the bronze statue of St. Dominic holding lilies in one hand, giving a blessing with the other that one day I will return to view the Michelangelos. Sunlight shines on the buildings along Via Garibaldi across the way. The old red devil Garibaldi halts his troops on a hill
outside Bologna.

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
Biography
John Dante, Champ - and his great friends Shel Silverstein & Hugh Hefner, and many others
Memoir
"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. http://www.amazon.com/BART-Life-Bartlett-Giamatti/dp/0977282481/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362605171&sr=1-3&keywords=anthony+valerio
"A Wonderful Read."
–Larry King, Newsday
Memoir/Fiction
"The Little Sailor is a literary gem from one of our foremost writers. Anthony Valerio's evocative prose woos the characters onto the page and into the hearts of its readers. His charming, eccentric, deeply moving women emerge from a world of distant memories with extraordinary force and passion–sensual, enticing, unforgettable–and the reader is mesmerized."
–Edvige Giunta

IMMIGRANTS, according to Anthony Valerio