The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



10 May 1778   Sunday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume II

To Mrs. Margaret Earle English Lady
lover of fine arts
As a sign of respect, Cavalier Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi D.D.D.
Long section of the ship
Profile of the stern part
Prora part profile
Transverse section of the ship
Cavalier Piranesi drawn and engraved


26-27 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1785
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Bronze Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in the act of announcing peace to the Empire erected on the Piazza del Campidoglio formerly in the Lateran
To His Excellency the Count of Creutz Senator of Sweden, President of the Royal Council of the Chancery, Chancellor of the University of Upsal, Knight and Commander of the King's Orders, and Great Amateur of the Fine Arts and Antiquities
Francesco Piranesi D.D.D.
Tomasso Piroli drawn     Francesco Piranesi engraved 1785.


10 May 1812   Sunday

Morning without a cloud, wind E. Temperature 48. Wind drew to SE but was very raw. Temperature not observed P.M. We all attended the burial of Gilbert Robinson. S and SL and our son S came hither to dinner: while we were absent they kept house for us; every domestic of our house and the dairy[?] going to the burial.


10 May 1998



10 May 2007
"I see sham pane, but no glasses"
It was Sunday night (May 6th 2007) when Adam Joseph of AccuWeather (on Action News) said sometime about the latest snowfall for Philadelphia on record was 10 May 1861 (I think).
1812 May 4th, Monday
Much rain in the night. Wind NE. Temperature 44°--it began soon to fall and at 9 reduced to 40°. Hail mixed with rain falling plentifully. Before 10 it became a heavy fall of snow. Temperature at 38°. The snow continued till afternoon. When the ground being covered, the grass and grain hid under a white carpet. The air moderated a little. The snow turned to rain and that fallen melted. About sunset temperature now to 40°. The wind now to NW. Clouds and symptoms of clearing appeared. I have this day recollected another similar season. May 3rd 1774 a heavy snow: here are two similar at the distance of 40 years apart.
A champagne toast. To weather and calendrical coincidence.
Don't tell me you can't find the agitators because they're buried in snow.
Well, not really. It's more that we prefer to bury our heads, and everybody else's if we can.
your favorite quote
"History has a way of interpolating itself."
-Stephen Lauf 2007.05.10
what are you into?

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what are you into?
If you don't know Anonymous Saint in Bikini While Jesus is Walking on Water, then let me suggest Landscape with St. Philip Baptising the Eunuch.

I love art that holds its own.
"I see sham pane, but no glasses"
A month ago I spent most of the day within the archive of the Medical Mission Sisters, going through their material on Ury House. The Medical Mission Sisters were the last owners/residents of Ury House, and indeed Sister Jane and Sister Carmine, who now work in the archive, both lived in Ury as novices. Sister Jane is now a retired MD who worked in various parts of Africa, Uganda (under Amin) and the Gold Coast. Sister Carmine was a nurse in various parts of India, and she obviously misses her work now.
There is a distinct architecture to the mission of the Medical Mission Sisters, and at its core is the issue of health issues entwined with women's rights. As I traced the contours of what was once Mier's Fisher's farm, and crop fields that Sister Carmine remembers working herself, Sister Jane related the history of their Order. Apparently Vatican II brought much hopefulness for missions dealing with health issues and women's rights, but that didn't last. I think Sister Jane was genuinely surprised I knew about (the mission of) Melania the Younger, and my mention of Church Fathers, Independent Virgins definitely raised her eyebrows.
I'd like to go back and hear more, but I don't know if I ever will.


10 May 2020

Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service   hours 69 70 71 72


Virtual Painting 506




10 May 2023   Wednesday
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