Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, is the author of a recently published book: From Prehistory to History: Abruzzo and its Cultural Heritage. History, Art, Literature (Rome, Fall, 2013). After considering the millenary origins and development of the Abruzzo region from its pre-historical to historical beginnings proper, the book discusses Abruzzo’s art and literature, both secular and religious, from the Roman period to contemporary times, in a chronological excursus which offers insights into such Abruzzese figures as the Latin writers Ovid and Sallust; religious people as Popes Innocent VII, Celestin V, St. John of Capestrano; humanists such as Quatrario and Barbato of Sulmona, friend of Petrarch and Boccaccio; painters such as Delitio, Cola dell’Amatrice, the Palizzi Brothers, Michetti, Patini, Barbella and Cascella; writers such as Gabriele Rossetti, father of the British artists Dante Gabriele, William and Christina Rossetti, D’Annunzio, Croce, Pomilio, Silone, Manna and Bonanni; historians such as Anton Ludovico Antinori, Massonio , Febonio and Faraglia; and musicians such as Bellini, Tosti, knighted in 1908 by King Edward VII (1841-1910) for his work as professor of music with London’s Royal Academy of Music, and Gaetano Braga, “singing master” at the Court of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The volume ends with a consideration of famous British writers and painters, such as Edward Lear, Richard Keppel Craven, Estella Canziani and Anne Macdonell, who visited and depicted Abruzzo in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
September 27, 2013