Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Above we see a photograph of the boys observing Donatello's David at the Bargello, the third David the boys have seen in situ this trip. Time for sketching and discussing Michelangelo's and Donatello's David was exercised with great zeal. The boys' drawing skills have been refined and developed over the course of the trip. Below is Chris W.'s illustrations of Verrocchio's and Donatello's David. Confidence has grown significantly and the proof lies in the impressive product.
Below is a "sideline interview" with a player from today's sports period--riveting entertainment. Don't miss it! You'll get a full accounting of the ebb and flow of today's game, including a few highlights and an inside perspective on many of the difficulties encountered by the players--difficulty identifying who was on what team, the slippery, muddy pitch, et cetera--on account of the complicating weather pattern that has settled itself over Firenze.
Dinner was delicious.
Tomorrow promises to be another great day--our last.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The highlight of the day was at the Colosseum, late morning, when Coach Morales presented "A day in the life of a Roman" complete with an analogy to modern day sports--the gladiators are the athletes and Spike Lee, the coach insisted, with his special Garden court-side seats at NY Knicks' games, is the emperor. There were smiles all round as Coach related, and the boys visualized, the activities of the Colosseum two millennia ago as they stood where Vespasian, Titus and blood thirsty spectators all stood.
After lunch, the boys moved slowly through the Roman Forum as Mr. Romanosky regaled them with ancient tales. The boys then chose temples and ruins to sketch and draw--incorporating in situ the specialized drawing skills learned in art class.
All remain healthy, well hydrated and in great spirits. At the time of this writing, the group was preparing for dinner.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Caravaggio chronicles the moment when a typical daily routine is interrupted by something altogether different. The tax-collectors are interrupted! Fitting for this time of year. The painting captures the world of faith colliding with world of Levi.
Incredibly, on their way to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the group stumbled upon a back door entrance to the church and the tomb of Fra Angelico. The boys loved the piazza in the sunshine and the opportunity to draw and sketch. Tonight, their first in Rome, will be an early one. For many they have not really slept for 20 or more hours. Day one is done.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Boys and faculty gathered together in the Smith Room. With bowed heads, I shared a prayer before departure. I call it The Saint David's Travel Prayer . It's a modified version of the Prayer to St. Christopher:
Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company, from the dangers of travel and all calamity. Teach me, to not miss, through love of undue speed, the beauty of the world; that thus I may, with joy and courtesy, go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me and lead me safely to my destiny. Amen.
At the time of this writing all the boys had checked in and were moving through security to the gate.
Buon viaggio a tutti.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Wallace searched often for the door in the years that followed his first encounter with true beauty but entering it again forever eluded him. On the rare occasions he did see it, he found himself too busy with the pressing needs and tasks of “his daily life” to stop, open the door, and experience the aesthetic.