Samstag, April 30, 2005

HOMICIDE IN TRIESTE in 1768

In 1768, Winckelmann's European reputation established, he responded to long-standing invitations from the courts of Vienna and Berlin. North of the Alps, however, he was overcome by an irrational panic, and though he did enjoy an audience with Maria-Theresa, he canceled the visit to Berlin and headed south.

In Trieste, he was forced to wait on a ship, and it is during this delay that he became acquainted with his murderer, Francesco Arcangeli. Although the official police documents have been published, the true motive has never been determined. The rumor that his death was the result of a shady homosexual liaison persists.

After his death, Winckelmann continued to be a figure of homosexual identification. Even as the German infatuation with Greek antiquity grew stronger, circles of male friends shared and distributed their copies of Winckelmann's letters. Within eighteen years of his death, five separate correspondences had been published, including the complete set of his love letters to the Baltic nobleman.

At the turn of the century, Goethe reread Winckelmann's works, his published correspondence, and the letters that Dietrich Berendis, Winckelmann's boyhood friend, had brought to Weimar, and decided to memorialize him.

The result was a book aptly called Winckelmann und sein Jahrhundert (1805), which included the Berendis letters, essays by an art historian and a classicist, as well as Goethe's own biographical essay.

In sections entitled "Friendship" and "Beauty," which would become touchstones of homosexual sensibility, Goethe obliquely if unmistakably evoked the deep connection between Winckelmann's aesthetics and homosexuality.

The only account that comes close to rivaling Goethe's is the English-language essay on Winckelmann by Walter Pater.

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JOHANN JOACHIM WINCKELMANN

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717 - 1768 ) was a German art historian and archeologist, who in initiating the "Greek revival" deeply influenced the rise of the neoclassical movement during the late 18th century. Winckelmann was the founder of modern scientific archaeology and first applied the categories of style systematically to the history of art. Winckelmann crystallized his famous concept of the essence of Greek art - "Noble simplicity and quiet grandeur" (edle Einfalt und stille Grösse) - in Thoughts on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture (1755).

"Beauty is one of the greatest mysteries of nature."
(Winckelmann in The History of Ancient Art, 1764)

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MY WEDDING PRESENT

This pen drawing I made (regarding to the lunacy of the Yugoslavian War) some years ago will be my wedding present to Daria and Claudia for they liked it a lot when they came to see me last year ...

Let's hope this BATTLE CALL will not forebode a War of Roses ;-)

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DARIA AND ME

CLAUDIO took this photo making a "photo shooting" with DARIA and me in a Viennese Metro Station last year in January ;-) ... he is an excellent photographer too as you can see ;-) and she is a young prima donna ... the wedding will be on the 21st of may ...

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CLAUDIO IL MIO AMICO TRIESTINO

Mittwoch, April 27, 2005


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Montag, April 25, 2005

CON CLAUDIO SULLA PIAZZA UNITÁ D'ITALIA in 2003


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DANTE ALIGHIERI 1265 - 1321

Dante was the first of numerous poets and authors (as Rainer Maria Rilke and James Joyce) who felt attracted to Trieste and it's multifarious surroundings...

http://home.swipnet.se/olav/pcDante/emain1.htm

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Sonntag, April 24, 2005

MY TRIESTE

There is something mystical in this town for me ... apart from the fact that a part of my family derives from this region, which is an historical bridge between different cultures.
Here I have seen the first time the sea when I've been at the age of fourteen, just in the right moment when I was looking for my seperate identity and I became immediately aware of my Mediterranean temperament long before I came to know that some of my ancestors have been Sephardic too.

My FIRST EXPERIENCE of the SEA is comparable to the FIRST ROMANCE which you never can forget and I was aglow with happiness comparable to an adolescent orgasm ... when we arrived at Molo Audace (a large mole used by the people of Trieste as a promenade) I ran obsessively towards the surge of the sea and the waves were rolling towards me as if they wanted to welcome me with a stormy embrace ...

This year I'll go to my Trieste for Claudio's wedding with Daria and this will be my looked-for spring-vacation too ...

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Samstag, April 23, 2005

I NEED A REST

STILL 26 DAYS AND I'LL BE IN TRIESTE !!

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Freitag, April 22, 2005

THE DAY BEFORE WHEN EREV PESACH WAS ON SHABBAT


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AN BAVARIAN GERMAN CATHOLIC NOW POPE OF THE CATHOLICS


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AN AUSTRIAN GERMAN CALIFORNIAN CATHOLIC 2

ARNY NOW ... FINALLY HE IS GOING STRONG
;-) ;-) ;-)

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AN AUSTRIAN GERMAN CALIFORNIAN CATHOLIC

ARNY IN FORMER TIMES ... when he lived still in my homeland !
;-) ;-) ;-)

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ANOTHER BAVARIAN GERMAN CATHOLIC


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AN AUSTRIAN BAVARIAN GERMAN CATHOLIC ;-)

Donnerstag, April 21, 2005


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Mittwoch, April 20, 2005

rooster > COCK < penis ;-)

Will ( Designer Blog ) posed a very interesting question on his blog from Monday, April 18, 2005:

... if you've always wondered why one of the most popular terms for penis is a cock, I may have found the answer--erotic Greek and Roman statuary. There was an article about Christianity suppressing the penises on classical statuary and it mentioned a shrine in Greece that had been devoted to worship of the cock. There were several pedestals with sculptures mounted on them of identical penis/balls combinations, most of them with the cocks broken in half by over-zealous Christians in antiquity. But it's on the sides of the pedestals that figures of interest to us are to be found--a rooster carved in high relief, facing the viewer with a big erect penis growing out of its neck instead of a head. As a cock is a rooster, I'm going to surmise that using cock for penis grew out of this pedestal art.

Will's explanation report is very lucid and intellectual but as luck would have it I found this pic ( see below ;-) ) which isn't such as intellectual but lucid too ;-) !

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Dienstag, April 19, 2005

UNTO THE PURE ALL THINGS ARE PURE ...


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