- Ancient wonders fall to modern day neglect
ROME - Italy is rich in ancient wonders, but the real wonder may be that so many are still standing given the poor care they get.The collapse in Pompeii last week of a frescoed house where gladiators prepared for combat was the... ローマ - イタリアは、古代の不思議に富んでいる本当の不思議では非常に多く、まだ彼らは剣闘士は戦闘のために準備フレスコ画の家のポンペイの崩。先週get.The貧しい人々ケアを与え立っているのかもしれませんでした...
- Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito arrive in court
Decisive hearing of their joint appeal against convictions for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy beginsAmanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have arrived in court at the start of the 20th and decisive hearing of their joint appeal against convictions for the murder of the British student, Meredith Kercher.Both appellants are expected to plead in person for their appeals to be upheld and their sentences to be overturned. The frescoed and vaulted 14th-century courtroom was packed with jostling camera crews and reporters as proceedings began more than half an hour behind schedule.Monday's proceedings were due to open with a final rebuttal from Knox's lawyer, Luciano Ghirga. After the personal statements by the American student and her ex-lover, the two professional judges will retire together with six lay judges who are to help them reach a decision.Knox is fighting a 26-year prison term. Sollecito is serving 25 years. Both have already spent almost four years behind bars since their arrest in November, 2007.Local auguries for their appeal were inconclusive, but showed up a division that did not bode well for the appellants. A survey among Italian university students, carried out by the website Universinet.it, found that the 6,130 respondents split almost evenly between those who thought the couple were innocent (44%), and those who thought they were guilty (48%), with the remainder uncertain.But the balance of opinion was starkly different according to gender. Only 21% of men thought Knox and Sollecito should continue to serve their sentences. Among women, the proportion rose to 68%.The poll, reported by the Italian news agency Ansa, is particularly relevant in the light of the predominantly female panel that will reach a イタリアbeginsAmandaノックスと彼女の元イタリアボーイフレンド、ラファSollecitoの英国の学生メレディスカーチャーの殺人の有罪判決に対して、その共同アピールの決定的な公聴会は、のための有罪判決に対して、その共同アピールの20日、決定的な公聴会の開始時に裁判所に到着した英国の生徒の殺害は、メレディスKercher.Bothの控訴を支持すると刑期が覆される、というアピールのために人に弁護することが期待されています
- Holy faces from the past | Face to faith
Early frescoes in a Norfolk village remind us of our medieval churches' more lively pastSeveral years ago, in a remote corner of rural Norfolk, a discovery was that is as romantic and resonant as anything in the JL Carr novel A Month in the Country. During repairs to the crumbling church of St Mary's at Houghton-on-the-Hill, a sequence of astonishing frescoes dating from shortly after the Norman conquest came to light.The church is the last survivor of a lost medieval village, which like so many other communities in the mid-14th century succumbed to the ravages of plague and then to the fatal slide of declining populations. Yet in St Mary's we can see, as in a palimpsest, the legacy of a faith that was vital and inspiring. Confronted by the solemn saints, and the faces of damned and elect that coolly return our gaze after countless years, we are able to enter imaginatively into a system of belief that was this society's heartbeat.It is no accident that one of the most significant of the frescoes uncovered in this ancient building depicts a wheel of fortune, a popular motif in the middle ages used to illustrate the inexorable ups and downs of day-to-day existence. Religion both reflected and made sense of the capriciousness of fate, while also offering the prospect of eventual relief from struggle.Medieval congregations were for the most part unable to read. Wall paintings illustrating the Last Judgment, and the terrified faces of those prodded by demons towards hell, would have driven home to them, in an intensely immediate way, the dreadful ramifications of sin, just as the gathering of the elect underlined their path towards salvation. Correspondingly, colourful depictions of the lush flora of the Garden of Eden, or of Noah's ark tossed upon the stormy water ノーフォークの村の初期段階でのフレスコ画は、農村部ノーフォークの一角に、我々の中世の教会。。u0026#39;より活発なpastSeveral年前のを思い出させてくれる、発見は、ロマンチックな共振jlをカーの小説の国で月に何かのようになりますということでした
- In praise of… Teatro di San Carlo
In his classic book Naples '44, Norman Lewis, then a British soldier in occupied Italy, describes how an orchestra playing a wartime concert at Naples's Teatro di San Carlo returned to their places after the interval to discover that thieves had stolen all their instruments. Such is the daunting reputation of Naples that the uninitiated visitor may suppose that this is still how things are in what is probably, after the Scala in Milan and the Fenice in Venice, the most important opera house in Italy. If so, a quick glance at the video of the concert held last year to mark the completion of the San Carlo's two year restoration project should go a long way to reassure. The theatre that was hymned for its dazzling beauty by Stendhal – who visited in the glory days when his hero Rossini was the San Carlo's house composer – is looking every bit as amazing now. The five-level horseshoe of boxes, upholstered in red, decorated in gold leaf, with its frescoed ceiling and its sumptuously painted stage curtains, is an operatic classic. Now, after a £57m refit (on budget and on time, sceptics should note), the San Carlo is ready to open its new opera season today, Mozart's 254th birthday, with his La Clemenza di Tito, before moving on next to Maria Stuarda, which Donizetti wrote for the San Carlo in 1834. Italians have always revered the San Carlo for its beauty and its acoustic. Among foreigners, though, it is probably one of the least well-known of the world's major opera houses. Time for that to change.OperaItalyWolfgang Amadeus Mozartguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds