The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

San Michele, Pavia, Italy, 2008


San Michele, Pavia, Italy, originally uploaded by artundform.


Artundform's "San Michele, Pavia, Italy," (Uploaded to Flikr, March 24, 2008, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12872294@N07/2357908813/) reminds me of my own visits to this same church. But I did not see what he saw, which touches my heart, and inspires these words:

"Soft Sunbeams in San Michele"

Golden, mellow shafts of light,
Penetrating a dark, church interior,
On old columns pours forth
Its radiant splendor.
Sunbeams, breaking into
Our dark hearts,
Likewise bring a ripe
Mellowness,
That lightens our darkness.
Come, today! Oh Sunbeam
And softens our hard edges,
Just as here you strike
A Romanesque column,
In San Michele, Pavia.
--JW, 3/28/2008.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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