Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Jan Sherman sends first reports from Italy

Dr Jan Sherman and Kim Nichols are touring Italy. Dr Sherman has sent the following messages and photographs so far and plans to send more as the tour continues:

May 12:
We are finally here--after 48 hours of missed connections. Left Memphis at 9 am Friday, arrived Pisa at 6 pm Sunday local time--noon Sunday to you. The luggage arrived much later, but we are all together now. We plan to ignore jet lag and go commune with the leaning tower today.

May 13:
Hello again from Italy. I'm again at the foot of a tower while Kim climbs. This one is in Lucca [Church of San Michele]. The center of the old city is round--an old Roman amphitheatre, now filled with cafes. We are hoping she'll get a great view of it from up there-only 247 steps. Tomorrow Florence, real name is better: Firenze.

Here is the garden in the Palazzo Pfanner in Lucca:

May 14:
Will be sending misc. pics as we journey thru Italy. This is Michelangelo's LA PIETA made in the 16th century.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. It isn't. Michelangelo's La Pieta pictures the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of her son, Jesus. I don't know what that is, but it isn't M.'s La Pieta.
-Janine Billy, VA

December 15, 2008 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not "the" Pieta that everybody thinks of (the one that is in the Vatican) but it is "a" Pieta by Michelangelo. At least, it is frequently called the Florentine Pieta. Its proper title is The Deposition (short for "deposition from the cross"). It is in the Florence Cathedral Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence). Michelangelo is credited with three or four works that could be called a pieta, depending on which art historian you trust.

December 15, 2008 8:03 PM  
Blogger ana said...

Michelangelo made a number of Pietas [at least four + some unfinished].

February 04, 2010 6:09 PM  

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