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Monday, November 30, 2015

Rarely seen Tassean "relics" in Rome



Picture 1. Torquato Tasso's big bust -- one meter and a half high, more or less -- in a prestigious hall called Sala della Protomoteca in the Capitol (at the end of the building on the right, then on the right, on top of the stairs). It was not possible to find further data, but the sculpture basically looks like a 19th century work. The busts in the hall in fact exalt the 'glory' of Italy: Dante, Ariosto, Leonardo Da Vinci, etc., as it was often the case after the National Unity in 1861.  

Picture 2. The Baroque statue of Pope Clement VIII in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva; unfortunately, it is set in a recess in a chapel, closed with an iron grating, in the right nave, so that it can only be seen and photographed from a certain distance. Clement VIII is the Pontiff to whom Tasso dedicated his 10,000-line poem Il Mondo Creato, "On the Seven Days of the World's Creation" (1592), whose free and updated version is in the process of being published in this site as The 7 Days of CryAction. In the history of the Church, Clement VIII's papacy is usually associated with Giordano Bruno's burning at the stake. It happened in 1600, five years after Tasso's death, though.