Il Belpaese


The Beautiful Country

Mount Etna from Taormina
Mount Etna from Taormina

THE REGIONS

Harvest in the Vineyard
Harvest in the Vineyard
Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom,
Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom,
Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose!

GOETHE

The Eruption of Vesuvius
The Eruption of Vesuvius

THE CASTS OF POMPEII

A Roman Offering
A Roman Offering

Homage to Leonardo da Vinci
Homage to Leonardo da Vinci
You do ill to praise,
but worse to censure,
what you do not understand.

Leonardo da Vinci
HANDS

At the Garden Shrine, Pompeii
At the Garden Shrine, Pompeii

Scene at Pompeii
Scene at Pompeii

POMPEII

Bed of the Torrent Mugnone, near Florence
Bed of the Torrent Mugnone, near Florence

Young Girls of Ischia
Young Girls of Ischia
Italy and the spring and first love all together, should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
B. Russell

Francis of Assisi and the Heavenly Melody
Francis of Assisi and the Heavenly Melody

La Primavera
La Primavera
You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
Verdi

VIVA VERDI

Dominicans. A Convent Garden, near Florence
Dominicans. A Convent Garden, near Florence

Flora: Spring in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese
Flora: Spring in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese

THE VILLA

The Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio

Pressing Grapes
Pressing Grapes

A Tale from the Decameron
A Tale from the Decameron
No story is so unseemly as to
prevent anyone from telling it,
provided it is told
in seemly language.

Boccaccio
ITALIAN LITERATURE

Lake Como
Lake Como
I love the language, that soft bastard Latin,
Which melts like kisses from a female mouth,
And sounds as if it should be writ on satin
With syllables which breathe of the sweet South.
Lord Byron

Dante in Exile
Dante in Exile
Come, follow me, and leave the world to its babblings.

Dante Alighieri
DANTE'S WORLD

Head of a Roman Maiden
Head of a Roman Maiden

Scene in Venice
Scene in Venice
Between the still-slumbering walls of brick and marble,
beneath the ribbon of the sky,
more and more brightly
gleamed the ribbon of the water.

Gabriele D'Annunzio

Etruscan Girl
Etruscan Girl

At Capri
At Capri

A Sculpture Gallery
A Sculpture Gallery
I saw the angel in the marble and
carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo
Architects & Sculptors

Two Little Italian Girls by a Village
Two Little Italian Girls by a Village

Street Scene at Capri
Street Scene at Capri
Italia! O Italia! thou who hast
The fatal gift of beauty.

Vicenzo da Filicaja

Italian Lakes
Italian Lakes

Lucretia Borgia Reigns in the Vatican in the Absence of Pope Alexander VI
Lucretia Borgia Reigns in the Vatican in the Absence of Pope Alexander VI

VATICAN MUSEUM
THE BORGIA FAMILY

The Old Well, Bordighera
The Old Well, Bordighera

Artist and Students Before a Model
Artist and Students Before a Model
Painting is silent poetry,
and poetry is painting
with the gift of speech.

Anon.
ITALIAN ARTISTS

Cliffs of Volterra
Cliffs of Volterra

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3/7/2005 1:38:06 PM IsabelArcher This album is absolutely wonderful, stargazer. I'm enjoying the links too.. Thanks! :)
3/7/2005 3:05:54 PM stargazer I've never been, but it must be a fascinating and beautiful country. Enjoying it from my armchair...thanks for stopping, IsabelA...~*~
3/7/2005 7:09:19 PM Cathy This is a wonderful celebration of such a beautiful country and its people - thanks for sharing. :)
3/8/2005 12:35:57 AM lady viola a very good choice of paintings and verses.Imaginary journeys are often better.
3/8/2005 4:43:06 AM ShallottLady oh how lovely :)) and there's also verdi - have u seen him in my photo album on Parma? :) thanks for this nice album
3/8/2005 5:27:38 AM stargazer You're quite welcome, Cathy. Lady viola, to be able to travel the world is my one great wish. I most likely will have to content myself with imaginary journeys...glad to have you along. SL..I haven't seen your Parma album; I'll look for it...thanks for visiting...~*~
4/23/2006 12:55:45 PM Lysia So beautiful! I liked the links too!
10/22/2006 3:10:57 PM stargazer Glad you like it, Lysia.
10/22/2006 4:01:43 PM chiaroscuro Viva! Bella! C.
11/10/2006 12:30:47 PM stargazer grazi----:>)
8/27/2007 11:23:26 PM chiaroscuro I am not getting the webpage to Italian Literature. No connect. Other than that - Viva Italia again! Here's a link from my Greek & Roman Mythology album -- http://wings.buffalo.edu/AandL/Maecenas/italy_except_rome_and_sicily/pompeii/section_contents.html -- C.
8/29/2007 5:59:08 PM stargazer C, found a new and different Italian lit. link, added your Pompeii link after taking a stroll through the ruins. Beautiful.
3/4/2010 1:25:58 PM nicoledesapio_nbdrt Bellissima. I'm of Italian descent, have been to Italy a few times (I have some relatives in Florence), and enjoyed this album. A TALE FROM THE DECAMERON is one of my favorites by Waterhouse. I wish I could see that SCENE IN VENICE picture that's no longer available here.