quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2012

"judging that money had been wasted"

That a Pope should have declared, as Adrian had done, 'I have a taste for poverty!' was not displeasing to me, and the story which so amused the courtiers after the first week of his reign did not make me roar with laughter. Entering the Sistine Chapel, the new pontiff actually cried out at the sight of Michelangelo's ceiling: 'This is not a church, but a steamroom crammed with naked bodies!' adding that he had decided to cover these blasphemous figures with whitewash. By God, I could have let out the same cry.

Amin Maalouf, Leo the African

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