Author: Jessica Goethals

Jessica Goethals is a doctoral student of Italian Literature. She is residing in Florence this year while completing research at New York University's Villa La Pietra.
May 17, 2007

Not my day job

‘Michelangelo wrote poems’? That is the question you should expect when you tell someone that Michelangelo—sculptor, painter, architect—was also a poet. And you’re likely to hear the follow-up: ‘Are they any good?’   His contemporaries thought so, and despite his protests, Michelangelo must have thought so, too. A collection of 302 poems survived Michelangelo’s tendency […]
December 14, 2006

Homage for his hundredth

In a year that marks not only the 100th anniversary of his birth but also the 30 years that have passed since his death, contemporary Italian artists have come together to acknowledge their great common debt owed to director Luchino Visconti. The respect and admiration held for the renowned filmmaker
November 2, 2006

Flick ‘n Flee

It is not often that one witnesses an exhibition curator pushing a large black projection box balanced precariously on bicycle wheels through the streets of Florence. It is also decidedly rare to see the side of the Duomo being appropriated as a make-shift screen for an independent short film.
October 5, 2006

A not-so-real Italian Neorealism?

Afather carries his raggedly dressed child upon his shoulders as his wife hangs behind, guiding along their other son and lugging the family’s only suitcase. The father solemnly dresses the youngest boy, whose eyes see not the soiled linens hanging behind him but in-stead reveal an eagerness