Those Two Pennies (for Charon?)

In my post about Herbert Hoover (see here) I said that when he was only two years old he nearly suffocated from a croup attack (a severe breathing difficulty caused by acute obstruction of the larynx and trachea).His aunt Agnes wrote: “ We all thought he was dead. … The eyes of the infant were… Read More Those Two Pennies (for Charon?)

Auld Lang Syne

“Auld Lang Syne” is a traditional Scottish song with words attributed to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, traditionally used to celebrate the start of the New Year.In 1788 Burns restored this song based on fragments of an old ballad and adding a few verses. He said he had transcribed it from “an old… Read More Auld Lang Syne

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Hogmanay, the Scots word for the last day of the year, is a celebration that is sometimes considered even more important than Christmas in Scotland, and it is followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day and, in some cases, on 2 January, which is a bank holiday in Scotland.In the rest… Read More First Footer

Oggetti non identificati nella “Madonna della Neve” di Masolino da Panicale?

Il “Fenomeno celeste di Basilea”, di cui ho scritto ieri (vedi qui: Guerre stellari) e avvenuto il 7 agosto 1566 venne interpretato al tempo in chiave in chiave mistico-teologica. Incisione di Samuel Koch che apparve sulla “Volantino di Basilea” – conservata presso la Biblioteca Centrale di Zurigo e che è stata oggetto di speculazioni nell’ambito… Read More Oggetti non identificati nella “Madonna della Neve” di Masolino da Panicale?