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Friday, July 6, 2018

1623: When years were years

photo from a Web source

The Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy, is mostly known for its Medieval frescoes, made by Cimabue, Giotto, and others, that show episodes from the life of the famous Saint as well as from the Gospels and other religious texts. But the basilica inferiore (the lower floor of the church) also hosts a big fresco about the Last Judgment, clearly based on the Sistine Chapel, just reinterpreting it in a Franciscan key, and making it more "standardized" than Michelangelo's.

The Assisi Judgment fresco was made by a Baroque painter called Cesare Sermei, and in a very special year: 1623. That is, when the first (and posthumous) edition of Michelangelo's experimental poems was published. . .
and the First Folio of Shakespeare was published. . .
and G. B. Marino's long poem Adone, too.