In-between this morning’s workshop and afternoon’s meetings, I stopped by the Collegio Romano to see one of the exhibitions mentioned in an earlier blog post, “Le tre età: Masaccio Caravaggio Tiepolo,” an exhibit of the drawings of Giancarlo Micheli. The drawings – maps, sketches, watercolors, notebooks, notes – were beautiful (I think I described them as “achingly” beautiful in an e-mail to the students) and were exhibited in the Sala della Crociera, part of the Collegio’s spectacular library. Micheli’s exhibit is tailor-made for our course project here in Roma and is definitely worth a repeat visit.
There weren’t many people in the Hall, but I spoke to an old Italian architect wandering up and down the exhibit aisle and although he spoke very little English and my Italian is deplorable (“Ayuto! Per Favore! Grazie!”), he asked to see my sketchbook and flipped through it. He was quiet for a while, smiled and gestured at Micheli’s works with my moleskin, handed it back and said, in perfect English – “The Universal Language.”