Tag Archives: Sposalizio

The Postcards, the Painting, and the Bolognese Sauce.

It all started with the Postcards; six or seven of them, dated from 1st to the 19th October, 1945, showing black and white views of Bologna, similar to these ones found on Wikipedia. The ink of the handwriting on the … Continue reading

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Today’s the day

Good morning all, from the UK. I am delighted to announce that my recording of Liszt is released today: Années de Pèlerinage II: Italie, plus Au lac de Wallenstadt and Au bord d’une source from the Suisse Année, and Les jeux d’eaux à la … Continue reading

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Sposalizio and the Golden Legend

Raphael’s oil painting Lo Sposalizio della Vergine was completed in 1504, and hangs in the Brera  Gallery in Milan. It depicts the marriage of Mary and Joseph, and illustrates a legend in which Mary’s suitors each placed a branch on an altar; Joseph’s branch blossomed, and  thus he … Continue reading

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And so to Italy…

Fast-forward to August 1837. Liszt and Marie d’Agoult are crossing the Simplon Pass from Switzerland to Italy. They have visited their daughter Blandine, en route; she lives with a foster family. Marie is pregnant with their second child, who will … Continue reading

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