La Lingua Universale

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.”

This is, I hope, entirely the spirit of what we are doing here in Rome and in Istanbul – speaking to each other through our drawings.IMG_0034 IMG_0035 IMG_0036 IMG_3136 IMG_3139 IMG_3140 IMG_3141 IMG_3142 IMG_3143 IMG_3145 IMG_3152 IMG_3153 IMG_3154 IMG_3155 IMG_3168 IMG_3172 IMG_3173 IMG_3174 IMG_3176 IMG_3180


    • Ozayr

      Tell me about it. Probably also devilishly handsome, speaks 27 languages fluently (including Esperanto) and draws while cooking Cordon Bleu meals, simultaneously also composing sonnets in iambic pentameter and writing complex scores for cello, viola and harp.

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