Rapiers

  • Decorations attributed to Gasparo Mola (Italian, Coldre ca. 1580–1640 Rome)
  • Date: about 1620–30
  • Culture: French or Italian
  • Medium: Steel, encrusted with gold and silver
  • Dimensions: Length 49 1/4 in. ( 125.1 cm) Width 8 3/4 in. ( 22.23 cm) 

The hilt decorations includes the coat of arms of the Albani family, possibly Orazio Albani (1576–1653), ambassador from Urbino to the papal court. While clearly influenced by French ornament, the decoration has been attributed to Gasparo Mola (1567–1640), a medalist and goldsmith working in Rome between about 1620 and 1630.

Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

I am a human being,” cried out Tagliacozzi, not caring for the moment who might hear him. “I am a weakling and a coward and a fool but I make myself the finest human being that is within my potential and I try to deal humanely with other people and I wish not to evade the truth of to hide from myself. Certainly, I have earned the right to respect myself.
—  Maxwell Maltz, The Time is Now

Gasparo Gozzi, scrittore e giornalista (Venezia 1713, Padova 1786), anche lui spesso a Visinale come il fratello per farsi ispirare dalla pianura friulana

Caffè F by Daniel Torres - Venezia - Procuratie Nuove of Piazza San Marco - Caffè Florian - The Florian opened with two simply furnished rooms on 29 December 1720 as Caffè alla Venezia trionfante (the Café of the Triumphant Venice), but soon became known as Caffè Florian, after its original owner Floriano Francesconi. The elegant surroundings attracted many of the notables of the day including the playwright Carlo Goldoni, Goethe and Casanova, who was no doubt attracted by the fact that Caffè Florian was the only coffee house that allowed women, and later Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, and Charles Dickens were frequent visitors. It was one of the few places where Gasparo Gozzi’s early newspaper Gazzetta Veneta could be bought, and became a meeting place for people from different social classes. In the mid-18th century the Florian expanded to four rooms

In recent years, Florian has experimented with branching out of Venice and now has a location on Via del Parione in the center of Florence. Florian has also international branches, namely in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi and in Harrods department store in London. Its new flagship outlet has recently opened at the Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre. The original Caffè Florian and also its subsidiaries are exclusively using coffee and espresso machines manufactured by Italian company Elektra.

Oh, I am vain, but I have perspective, too. And, my dear friend, what you say rings pleasantly in my ears, but I crave not the applause of the multitudes, or even of connoisseurs of knowledge like yourself. And I court not acclaim, but the sense of utilizing my productive capacities and of channeling them toward assisting people to find some form of oasis in this harsh desert.
—  Maxwell Maltz, The Time is Now
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