Saturday, 19 April 2014

By whom nature feared to be conquered

Egg, Cornwall. Taken out (with others) every year at Easter. Cast in Plaster of Paris in a jelly egg mould, and engraved with the inscription on Raphael's tomb in the Pantheon. Done in spring 2009 after a trip to Rome.

"Ille hic est Raffael, timuit quo sospite vinci, rerum magna parens et moriente mori."

"Here lies that Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die."

E M Forster's Commonplace Book has arrived.
An interesting thought about studying Greek and Latin: he believes it is essential in schools at an early age so that students have a vision of a world where Christianity is not the only force animating cultural endeavour.

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy