Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Day 2, part Tre...

... The Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. After my emotionally overwhelming morning in St. Peter's and my lunch in the Square this was my next stop.

Flipping through the journal I kept on my travels the main notation I have about this experience was how the layout was cunningly devised... you *had* to trod through the nightmarish chambers of Modern Art before entering the Sistine Chapel. If it weren't for the this purposeful floor plan I can accurately assume no one would give these works of "art" the time of day. A gentleman in front in me said "Well, I guess I can put my camera away for a bit."

Then there it was ...





Every inch of wall space was dripping with color, metaphor and allegory. Frescoed tapestries were painted on the walls. No spot was left un-ornamented. It might have been only a slightly more edifying experience without the guards yelling at the tops of their lungs for the tourists to "Silenzio!" A perfect example of Italian logic.

For dinner I ate alfresco at the base of this statue looking out onto the Tiber and Ponte Sant'Angelo while the Roman sun set ...



God, I miss Rome.

Adding: Funny story about these photos. As a commenter pointed out, you are not permitted to take photos inside the Sistine Chapel. Everyone does anyway, on the sly with their cell phones and camera flash turned off. Fed up that I couldn't sneak a decent picture without the aid of flash, I scurried up next to a German family whose patriarch was taking a video with his cell phone... quite obviously, I might add. I popped off some carefully timed flash photography and when the guards came storming over I stepped back and got lost in the crowd. I learned all kinds of new profanities in Italian and German that day!

8 comments:

Babs said...

I went to Rome in 1977, and saw the Sistine Chapel before the restoration. It was seriously underwhelming. So many years later, I wish I had the finances to be able to return. I would love to return to St. Peter's and see some of the other places I missed....

Owen said...

Must be something (can't find the word) to actually live there, in the midst of such history and beauty with the truths of the faith being overtly displayed. A blessing that you had a taste of it.

Lvka said...

Hi, Crescat!

I realize this might not be the right time, since you're busy travelling and all, but a few Catholic guys I've been talking with said that the Filioque does NOT mean that the Holy Spirit derives His being or essence from both the Father and the Son (as we Orthodox supposedly "misinterpret" it), but rather it refers to the Spirit deriving His being or essence from the Father ALONE, and the Son's role [in procession] is NOT that of 'source', but consists in 'calling' the Holy Spirit out of the Father. -- Is this right or wrong? (I mean, is that the interpretration the average Catholic on the street has? Or the average Catholic cleric?)

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

"trod" is simple past tense of "to tread".

In the sentence as you have used it, you want "if you had to tread through..."

"Yesterday, as she trod through the wretched modern art collection in the Vatican museums, she wondered why no one had set it all on fire..."

steve said...

"trod" is simple past tense of "to tread".

No, "trod" is past tense of "tread" which by definition is "to (step over/walk along/etc)"

So your sentence is actually "if you had to to tread through"

If you are going to comment in order to piss in someone's Cheerios, you could at least be correct.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

What are you blithering about?

That's what I said.

"trod" is the simple past of "to tread", an infinitive. In English, infinitives are always expressed as "to ___". To walk. To tread. To be a jerk in the commbox.

And Kat loves my grammar corrections. She says so all the time.

Cliff said...

Ooooh you took pics inside the Sistine Chapel! That's a no-no Kat!

Anonymous said...

MY! I have seen portions of Sistine glory, but I had not realized how 3 dimensional & - crowded? - the artwork is. Makes my beautifully decorated "Church of the Annunciation" look positively Presbyterian.

THANK YOU!!!

Susan Lee