This photo was taken exactly 1 year ago.
The National modern art museum is a beautiful 19th century building nestled in the Valle Giulia, between the river Tiber and Villa Borghese. It contains works by Burri, Colla, Capogrossi, Fontana, Balla, De Chirico, Guttuso, Schifano; but also Picasso, Mondrian, Pollock, Calder, Moore.
On the north-facing wall is engraved my favorite Michelangelo quote,
"Questo sol m'arde, e questo m'innamora."
Michelangelo employs the word "sol" in a way that could be interpreted as 'sun' = sole; and 'only' = solo.
It is a complex phrase. And so romantic, in both it's meanings:
"This shining sun makes me go up in flames, and it makes me fall in love."
"This alone consumes me, and seduces me."
What is Michelangelo referring to?
Art? Beauty? A person's smile? Or is he really only talking about the sun?