In Madrid, St. Anthony and Goya Deliver a Dose of Timely Truth

Detail of interior of the San Antonio de la Florida in Madrid, Spain. ("Frescos de Goya en San Antonio de la Florida.jpg" by FouPic is licensed under CC BY 2.0.)
Scene of a miracle: A murdered man comes back from the dead to remind us that ‘my truth’ is no truth at all.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I ’m visiting Madrid, Rome, and my family, whom I haven’t seen in a while, in the Marche, in central Italy. Museums are open almost everywhere, but tourism is dead in both Italy and Spain. In Rome, I saw the exhibition of the Torlonia Marbles, the world’s finest private collection of ancient Roman sculpture. It’s never been shown before. I’ll write on that later this week. Roman and Greek sculpture differ in many ways but primarily in portraiture. This genre barely exists in Greek sculpture, in which faces are beautiful or handsome but generic, while bodies can be lissome or built

(Fondazione Torlonia/Electa/Bulgari. Ph. Oliver Astrologo)


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