Joseph Forsyth in Florence - early 19th Century

from Remarks on antiquities, arts and letters during an excursion in Italy in the years 1802 and 1803, pages 444-446:

 

I went with some ladies to see a nun at St. Domenico's convent. […] While admiring the high altar, I heard the nuns, unseen, begin their vespers, which they chanted divinely; the distance, the seclusion, the quality of those noble ladies, made it more interesting. In the midst of rich architecture, twelve large jasper columns, rilievi in bronze, paintings of Luca Giordano, and a church hung with embroidered satin for the approaching festival of the saint,—I had no eyes till the music ceased.

cite as

Joseph Forsyth, Remarks on antiquities, arts and letters during an excursion in Italy in the years 1802 and 1803 (London, 1816), p. 444-446. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1513778631803 accessed: 27 January, 2022

location of experience: Florence

Listeners

Joseph Forsyth
Teacher, Writer
1763-1815

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Vespers performed by Italian nuns

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:03:51 +0000
Approved on Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:56:00 +0000