Here’s the YouTube version of a stroll through some religious iconography in Milan, Venice, Verona and Rome in Summer 2008, titled “A Time Ago: Church and Empire from Milan to Rome”. (I just wanted to use the word ‘iconography’ once this month.) I much prefer the full-screen SoundSlides version of this audio slideshow, with its Ken Burns effects, which YouTube strips out. (Click on the tiny four-arrows icon to watch both the YouTube and SoundSlides full-screen.) But you gotta yelp on YouTube to find a few more viewers, either in Banska Bystrica or Princeton, West Virginia. (Shout out to the ladies down on Mercer Street...)
And before you leave this mortal coil, be sure to visit 1) Il Duomo in Milan, seen in the first few photos inside a cathedral said to be big enough to house 30,00 people, then pop up onto the roof amid its party of statues). 2) Go inside the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius in Rome (or, as your map will say, the Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola). Look up. My goodness. That’s the last ceiling in the show. A showstopper. The instrumental music is a piece called “Gladiator Song” by the Silent Gondoliers, featuring guitar, cheesy organ and bodhran.