August 21, 1996 |
The plot thickens in an unusual legal battle pitting the city of Rome against Philadelphia lawyer and Barnes Foundation president Richard H. Glanton. The Italian city sued Glanton and the foundation last month, claiming he had reneged on an oral agreement to make Rome a stop on the Barnes Foundation's celebrated and never-to-be-repeated world art tour. Glanton's lawyer, Robert J. Sugarman, now claims the suit in federal court in Philadelphia should be dismissed because "no action has been taken by the city of Rome to authorize the litigation.
May 18, 1989 |
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was the most celebrated printmaker of 18th-century Europe. He is best known today for his "prison" etchings - cavernous, gloomy chambers characterized by complex perspectival views, massive arches and grand staircases spiraling upward toward indeterminate destinations. It has been suggested that these striking architectural medleys, which Piranesi called Carceri, depict the Mamartine prisons of ancient Rome, but there isn't any evidence for this view.
May 16, 1996 |
Imagine the Bolshoi Ballet inviting the Mummers to dance with it around Red Square. Well, no - let's upscale this a bit. How about the Vienna Philharmonic asking the Philadelphia Orchestra to play a joint concert in Austria? Closer. Now cut the music, heighten the high seriousness (yes, even more), and you've got the distinguished adventure that will begin Sunday for Philadelphia's very own American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the oldest learned society in the United States.
May 19, 2007 |
Serena Williams hasn't played the French Open in 3 years and hardly seems ready for this month's clay-court major. She made an array of mistakes yesterday in her final match before the French Open, losing to Patty Schnyder, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5), at the Italian Open quarterfinals in Rome. "I'm going to obviously want to work harder and just do some things differently," Williams said. "Where I am today, in Paris I'll probably be even better. " In the semifinals, Schnyder will face third-seeded Jelena Jankovic, who routed Elena Dementieva, 6-2, 6-1. Second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat sixth-seeded Dinara Safina, 6-1, 6-3, in an all-Russian match and will next play ninth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, who beat unseeded Anabel Medina Garrigues, 7-6 (8)
December 31, 1989 |
My wife, who is handicapped, and I plan to visit Rome, and we're wondering what sites are accessible to wheelchairs. Where can we get such information? - B.B., Downingtown Contact the Travel Information Service at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, 12th Street and Tabor Road, Philadelphia 19141, or phone 456-9600, for a packet that can tell you what to expect. There's a nominal fee to cover handling and postage. These organizations and publications also may be helpful to you: Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped (SATH)
May 19, 2000 |
An awkward move during practice, a sudden wrenching pain in her lower back, and No. 1-ranked Lindsay Davenport joined the growing list of top women tennis players with injuries heading into the French Open. The 23-year-old American pulled out of the Italian Open in Rome before the third round yesterday after suffering what tournament officials called an acute low-back strain. Later, the tournament lost its defending champion when Venus Williams was beaten by 17-year-old Australian Jelena Dokic, 6-1, 6-2. Magnus Norman stayed on course for consecutive titles when he beat Younes El Aynaoui, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals of the German Open in Hamburg.
January 22, 1997 |
Sixteen players from Ethiopia's national soccer team disappeared yesterday during a stopover in Rome while on their way to a tournament in Morocco, Italian officials said. Two players, the coach and four staff members of the team remained behind in a hotel in Ostia, near Rome's international airport. It was not immediately clear why the players had not made their flight for the African National Cup. "We don't know anything about their motivation," said police officer Luigi D'Angelis, adding that the group that remained behind - who reported the disappearance - couldn't explain, either.
January 18, 2004 |
It came as a surprise. It came as a big fat surprise. In fact, if you were to rank surprises in order, this one would come right after finding out your grandmother was pregnant. We got a call. A friend had two tickets to Rome. He couldn't use them and he wanted to give them to us. Free. Would we go? Would we? Is the Pope Catholic? (And if I didn't know that one, Rome was just the place to find out.) So we were off, the three of us: me, my husband, and his fear of flying.
October 2, 2011 |
ROME - It is still hot in Rome this time of year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go. In fact, a little sweat seems a small price to pay for the chance, at almost every corner, to duck into a church where you can sit in the shade and stare at a lustrous virgin by Raphael or a strenuously ardent saint by Caravaggio. Still, on a recent trip to the Eternal City we happened to lodge in the ancient Trastevere section, and on one particularly sweltering day, not wishing to walk too far, we crossed the Tiber River to explore the nearby neighborhood, Rome's former Jewish ghetto.
December 10, 1986 |
A Philadelphia priest soon will go to Rome intent on building bridges of understanding between American Catholics and the Vatican. Pope John Paul II announced yesterday that Msgr. Joseph A. Galante, vicar for religious in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, has been named undersecretary to the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes, a body of prelates who make policy on a worldwide basis. Galante, 48, said last night he saw his new role as "trying to build bridges - particularly of mutual understanding - to help the Congregation for Religious to understand the American experience and mentality.