The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 28

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The Innocents Abroad - Chapter 28
Picturesque Horrors--The Legend of Brother Thomas--Sorrow Scientifically Analyzed--A Festive Company of the Dead--The Great Vatican Museum Artist Sins of Omission--The Rape of the Sabines--Papal Protection of Art--High Price of "Old Masters"--Improved Scripture--Scale of Rank of the Holy Personages in Rome--Scale of Honors Accorded Them--Fossilizing--Away for Naples
 
 

The pilgrims visit the rather macabre Capuchin Crypt, wherein the bones of deceased monks of the order are used as a sort of sculptures. It is said they are not meant tio be macabre but as " a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth.". Twain also remarks that there are few art works of historical events in Rome, except for the Rape of the Sabines. This is my second attempt to use Blip.tv as a platform for serving the video slide shows. It should be automatically linked to a YouTube version as well.

 

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Submitted by scott on

1 Aug SLC and companions probably departed Rome for Naples by train; QC arrived at Naples, where it was quarantined for a week.

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Again, I remove the Blip link and replaced it with the YouTube. The video is the same in either case.

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Twain remarks that the only historical scene either sculpted or painted by Romans was the Rape of the Sabines, "and they chose it for the legs and busts.". I've been searching for a rendition of this scene in Rome but have not been able to locate an example. Twain did see the famous statue in Florence and may have thought the Rape of Proserpina by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. c. 1621, found in the Galleria Borghese portrayed the same event.