Category Archives: Rome

Massacre at the Borghese Galleries  


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Figuring out how to post this. Phone won’t allow download of whole thing which does go on for a while.

Contemporary installation at the Borghese Galleries in Rome. First it is still and shadowy. Then, as it suddenly begins to spin, faster and faster, figures move. Slows down and stops for another 10 minutes when it suddenly begins to move again.

Hard to figure out what is depicted at first. I admit I thought it was an orgy, but realized it’s The Massacre of the Innocents, shame on me.

Standing watching when a group of Italian teenagers who spoke no English asked we what the scene was. Me? Launched into a Marx Brothers/Sid Caeser docent attempt. A little Italian. A little Spanish, “Does anyone here speak French who could translate into Italian?” We had quite a little crowd.

Young people don’t know the iconic Biblical stories, so I was trying to ‘splain how this was part of the Xmas story hence a seasonal installation in this historic gallery. Concluded nicely with smiles, thanks, and smattering of applause.

Here is background on the installation:

Mat Collishaw Zootropio Foto Andrea Simi


Remond Plaque Essay For Women’s Review of Books

Remond Plaque Essay For Women’s Review of Books





Sarah Parker Remond Plaque

Thanks to all who donated and all who supported the Sarah Parker Remond Plaque Project, the plaque was installed, just before Christmas at the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome!   remondinlace-shawl

A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY: Sarah Remond Plaque Fund

A view of Rome from the Pincio

We continue to raise funds to install a plaque in memory of the extraordinary 19th-century African American activist and physician, Sarah Parker Remond at the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, Italy.

Have a look at the full story and the posts at

Hope you’ll donate and spread the word. Many thanks.

Stereopticon slide of a view of the Non-Catholic Cemetery where Remond is buried.