[Milton-L] Milton and St. Peter's Basilica

Alice Berghof aberghof at uci.edu
Sun Jul 3 18:09:15 EDT 2005

On page 33 of Roland Mushat Frye's Milton's Imagery and the Visual 
Arts, in the chapter entitled "Milton's Awareness of the Visual Arts" 
the author states that Milton saw St. Peter's.  This follows an 
intriguing discussion of a contested manuscript (most likely Sir Henry 
Wotton's) on statues.  Four other texts to consult are the following.  
I apologize for my lack of detailed knowledge in this case.  Diane 
Kelsey McColley undoubtedly knows the answer...  Here are a few texts 
you might consult:
Milton in Italy: Contexts, Images, Contradictions, edited by Mario A. 
Di Cesare
Milton, Mannerism and Baroque by Roy Daniells
Milton and Raphael by Mindele Anne Treip
and, of course, A Gust for Paradise by Diane Kelsey McColley.

By the way, are you interested in forming a panel on Milton and the 
visual arts for any upcoming conferences?

Alice Crawford Berghof

On Jul 3, 2005, at 1:52 PM, Lewis H Whitaker wrote:

> Dear colleagues:
> I'm revisiting a project that I've not touched in some time, and 
> finding
> some holes in my research. Of course, having put things off until the
> last minute I've not planned (as I should) for running down details and
> checking facts.
> I'm wondering if someone might know if there is some record of Milton
> touring St. Peter's Basilica when he visited Rome in 1638. On one hand
> we often say "no one goes to Rome without visiting St. Peter's" but I'd
> prefer to have something factual to back up my claims.
> Can anyone help?
> Lewis H Whitaker
> Department of English
> Georgia State University
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