Is it all lost?

 

My favorite of Raphael’s paintings

 

In the Galleria Borghese today, we saw several paintings by Raphael, one of the titans of the Italian Renaissance — who died on or near his thirty-seventh birthday.

 

At the base of the Spanish Steps, we saw the house in which the English poet John Keats died, at the age of twenty-five.

 

So much talent.  So much unfulfilled potential.

 

It’s not an argument for life after death, of course.  But it’s certainly a reason why we might hope that death isn’t the end.

 

Posted from Rome, Italy.

 

 

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