When in Italy: Art & Fashion, part 2-A A +A
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I WAS so enthralled by the architectural proof of Christendom standing out visibly all over Italy. With an open mind, I learned and understood more things as wonderful surprises unfolded right before my eyes.
The universal genius
If you're staying for a week in Italy, explore Leonardo da Vinci's museum and discover him more than just an artist. The Last Supper is one of his celebrated art pieces. It is believed that his scientific analysis of human vision and the appearance of objects allowed him to create perfect paintings.
His studies on physics, hydraulics, military arts, optics, geometry, anatomy, biology, botany, mechanics and mathematics made him also an inventor and a scientist.
Leonardo's overflowing creativity led him to create war machines for military defense included in the Codex Atlanticus such as the multi-cannon gunship, mechanical submarine, and new types of ammunition with ogival form to name some.
He also did a favor to the duke for the Festival of Paradise in honor of the duchess of Milan by creating grand stage sets, designing the clothes of the plays, writing brilliant fables, and even composing and singing songs while playing musical instruments which he had personally crafted.
He spent his challenging and inspiring years in Florence, Milan, and Rome. He died in a foreign country which is France where he finished the Mona Lisa painting.
Leonardo did not waste his time to learn and explore his talents to be shared to humanity believing that "a day well spent leads to a happy life."
Seeing in person his inventions, artistic works and codices with hands-on interaction at the innovative exhibition, located near the main entrance of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II, made me admire more the artist behind the imperceptible smile of Mona Lisa. And learning through his story I am reminded to always keep my inspirations and dreams in life because they are not bounded by time.
The Vatican and Rome
A trip to Italy won't be complete without experiencing what the Vatican City and Rome can offer. Apart from being the seat of the Supreme Head of the Catholic Church, the Vatican is composed of cluster of buildings that houses numerous museums of sculptures, old maps, paintings, pictures, tapestry, books and religious artifacts.
The St. Peter's Basilica, with its iconic dome, dominates the scene. As I inch my way to the different parts of the church, it was beyond words to aptly describe my appreciation as I venerate the tombs of St. John Paul II, St. John XXIII, St. Peter, and Pope Innocent XI. It was also a wish granted to be able to feast my eyes on Michelangelo's Pieta and fresco of the Sistine Chapel.
Moving on to Rome, I visited and admired so much the Piazza del Popolo, The Spanish Steps, The Mausoleum of Augustus, and of course, the delicious Italian dishes at Il Caminetto and Recafe.
In order to assure my return to discover more its magnificence and modernity, I never missed throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain that was made beautiful by its bas-reliefs, statues, and overflowing water from every part.
Finally, a side trip pilgrimage to the Shrines of Padre Pio and St. Francis of Assisi also made my journey more meaningful. Their extraordinary holiness continues to draw people for devotions.
The seven-day itinerary in and around Italy was not enough and it gave me more reasons to visit again this country where we celebrate the spiritual and temporal superiority of the Christian world. There is still much to learn about people and our Catholic faith and still more of the world to see. (Christine Mansinares)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 14, 2014.