During the last twenty years, the mission and ontology of modern art museums have been increasingly shaped by corporate and financial interests. Once seen as a safeguarding academic standard, promoting scholarship and... More »
To create sacred space is to create an ordered universe emanating around a central point of reference.
Just after Veterans Day, I arrived in Washington, D.C., and checked into a hotel not far from the National Mall. The next... More »
Near the Church of San Domenico in Naples, a stone’s throw away from the house where Giambattista Vico was born and passed his childhood, stands a remarkable chapel. The Cappella San Severo served as the votive church for the di Sangro family for several generations and owes its present character to the significant... More »
It was a golden age in American history, sometimes referred to as the “Gilded Age,” an age that witnessed a great industrial and scientific leap forward. At the same time, there was a vigorous cultural flowering in architecture, arts, crafts and industrial design. This relatively short span of fifty years, between the end of... More »