MILAN - A few lovely days staying at @atellani_apartments , opposite #santamariadellegrazie .
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was built by a Duke of Milan for the Dominican order. His descendant - Ludovico Sforza, decided to use it also as the family mausoleum and commissioned some artwork to spruce the place up a bit.
Since he had a castle up the road, and also liked to keep his friends and workers close, Sforza housed them across from the church.
The Atellanis resided in our current digs, as apparently did #leonardodavinci when he painted the now-greatly decaying "The Last Supper" in the refractory of the church. Leo's vineyard, given to him by Sforza as payment for his work, is at the back of this property - the vineyard was destroyed after Leo died, and has now been replanted with what is thought to be something close to the original vines.
But we can't rehearse the lives of former residents and luminaries who are long dead. We hardly know anything about the private lives of Sforza or any of the Atellanis or even the famous Da Vinci, much less the names of the generations who have lived and died here since. ☠️
This death, decay, temporality, said the wise writer of #ecclesiastes , was given to us by God that we might seek something more than what we can experience in this life:
"I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return." (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20)
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