Mystique and Magic from Antiques
My search for Antiques and Sites of Magic carried me on a Mystical and Lyrical Life together with my first wife who first taught me of the wonders to be found in the ancient past of Rome itself, a mystical place, where it all began.
Teaching me about myself, bringing out talents I did not know where there, desires and feelings, spiritual abilities that had lane dormant, coming to life only in moments of extreme danger when wounded during the World War II, three times this happened, but within me something told me not to worry I will survive and did. Now I had to find out why by continuing along this Mystical and Magical Way that carried me to Rome and its Ancients and then to start finding Antiques on the way, First Silver with which I bought a Villa in Cerveteri and then to any Antiques of Beauty which when I held them told me, “these I must keep for many years”, this I did. The picture is my second wife and I, another wonderful woman, I have been very lucky.
Roman Art came to light about 509 BC coinciding with the overthrow of the Etruscan Kings, seeing their Tombs in Cerveteri, learning their story, seeing the abilities shown within their Tombs was the reason I had my Villa at Cerveteri almost within walking distance of the tombs, then together with visiting friends from England, situated by Cerveteri where there were many Etruscan tombs.
It was in Cerveteri at a good restaurant that I saw tucked away in a corner a sculpture covered in dust, of a nymph who the owner called Echo, after a lot of haggling I convinced him to sell it to me, it is in white Carrara Marble and very beautiful, and I was told over 200 years old and that it was a present from a relation in Carrara itself when he opened the restaurant many years earlier, this was in 1960, making the sculpture now as being made in the 1770’s. I will show a picture of her as I will of all specific antiques I mention.
Rome was possibly the main city that retained much of its Pagan Heritage over the years and after the Post Christian Years even today if you where there and looking around you may still discover touches of its Pagan History. I had one experience in the early days and I still have pictures of the place where it happened it was while my wife and I where in the Tablinum or Salotto of the Casa di Livia Augusta and the big picture on wall, I leaned over and touched the picture which immediately burst into full color as it must have been when it was first painted, it only lasted a few moments and it left me rigid, my wife did not see it only me, leaving me full of wonder.
The true relevance of this house to the picture is without doubt being attributed to Livia herself with her reading of the papers about fixed watercolor. The delicate picture decoration in what is considered Second Stile Pompaiano and almost completely preserved makes this one of the most important monuments on the Palatine Hill. Livia is always portrayed dressed conservatively in all statuary and portraits, wearing the Stolla and Palla of respectable matrons, little jewelry and a conservative hair style.
The piece cut off on the center was a sculpture of Zeus the picture is of Io and Argo of whom there is quite a story, if you are interested in the story eMail me at