David Gariff

From La Serenissima to the Eternal City: The Grand Tour in 18th-Century Venice and Rome

April 2021
“Sir, a man who has not been to Italy is always conscious of an inferiority…” Samuel Johnson “In Rome I have found myself for the first time.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “The spectacle of Venice afforded some hours of astonishment and some days...


Words and Images: The Inspiration of Dante in 19th Century Art

March 2021
Quest’anno, festeggiamo il settecentesimo anniversario della morte del gran poeta italiano, Dante Alighieri. Le opere di Dante sono rispettate come le migliore perché usò tante parole visuali. Ci furono tanti artisti che dipinsero le scene...


Death And Venice: A Cinematic Metaphor

February 2021
Portrayals of Venice in the history of painting and literature have evolved over centuries; moving from reality to myth to dream to metaphor. During that long history, images of Venice slowly transformed from those of a sun-drenched, enchanted...


Bernardo Bertolucci’s "Il Conformista:" 50 Years Later

December 2020
The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark Italian film, Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Il Conformista” (The Conformist) (1970). It is appropriate in the light of recent political events in America to celebrate the importance of this film, its...


Justice Denied: Ben Shahn and the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

October 2020
“If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life...