(Photo by Kavi Montanaro, 2008)
“From the stenciled cutout of Virgil and Dante on the outside of the building (see top photo) to the artful images sprayed on the gallery walls (see above and below), we’re totally taken.” —Eternally Cool, June 18, 2008 (retrieved on June 22, 2008)
Contributed by Patrick Molloy
“A villa in the Tuscan hills is the setting for this gracefully executed literary puzzle. A Cambridge student wins a fellowship to study the villa’s Renaissance garden, built by a Florentine banker in memory of his wife. Consulting sources like Ovid and Dante, he is able to unlock the garden’s shocking secrets.” [. . .] –Elsa Dixler, The New York Times, May 25, 2008
Difficult to see, but the “Tuscany per donna” has as its slogan in French “Out of that stream there issued living sparks” (Par. XXX.64) and in English, “It draws fire to the moon” (Par. I.115). The “Tuscany per uomo” has as its slogan, “It moves the sun and the other stars” (last verse of Paradiso).
Contributed by Guy Raffa (University of Texas, Austin)