Your lyre sounds in delight
The strings touched by a knowing hand
Grace, truth and beauty in loving command
The harmonies of heart to be heard
Concordant be they with sacred word
Strum the chords of the heavens above
Heed the blessings of divinity’s love.
Rose Marie Raccioppi
Orangetown, New York
Apollo with his Lyre, Roman, Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale. http://cir.campania.beniculturali.it/museoarcheologiconazionale/
Situated in the center of Naples, in the 16th-century Palazzo degli Studi, the National Archaeological Museum holds one of the most important collections of classical antiquities, as well as the mosaics, frescoes, and statues discovered at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. The origins of the museum go back to 1777, when King Ferdinand IV conceived of a new institution for the arts in Naples and created the Real Museo Borbonico. The museum continued to grow through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the incorporation of other collections, as well as finds from the numerous excavations at ancient sites throughout the region.
Naples is my motherland. Rose Marie Raccioppi