Culture - 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven and a home for the self

CultureLuigi Giussani

On December 16, 250 years ago, the great composer was born. He is one of Fr. Giussani's most beloved composers. From Spirto Gentil, his commentary on the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra op.61: "It is the emblem of man's wait for God."

Jean-François Millet, "Winter Evening" (detail), 1867 (© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston-Scala, Florence)

The everyday and the eternal

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

From December Traces, Millet's gaze as expressed in the Christmas poster. "It is not the Holy Family, but is pervaded by that clear link between the everyday and the eternal that the family of Nazareth experienced and brought into the world.

Books for GS: Chosen for great things

CultureSara Tosi

Her family wished a good marriage for Catherine, a quiet life. But the Lord calls her when she is only six, so that she might shake the life of the powerful upon earth. One of the books recommended to GS students for the summer.

Baldwin and Race

CultureRose Tomassi

An introduction to James Baldwin and his considerations on race, written for those who were joining in the preparation of the James Baldwin exhibition at the New York Encounter 2020.

'Woman with a veil', exhibited in Rome

Raphael: The Great sweetness

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

He died young, five hundred years ago. A short life, but with an intense and precocious artistic fecundity. After the lockdown, a great exhibition on the artist re-opens in Rome, an opportunity to see his work free from stereotypes.

Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus in "The Gospel according to Matthew" by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1964)

Pasolini: "My foot caught in the stirrup”

CultureTommaso Ricci

The image from the Easter poster 2020 is taken from Pasolini’s "The Gospel according to Matthew". But the poet’s relationship with the figure of Christ was not random. Already at the age of twenty, an atheist, he wrote: "I look for Him everywhere".