“The title Lepanto refers to an important historical event. In 1571 events culminated in a devastating sea battle in the Gulf of Patras”
August 25, 2016 §
“The title Lepanto refers to an important historical event. In 1571 events culminated in a devastating sea battle in the Gulf of Patras, during the course of which the united fleets of Venice, Spain, and the Pope (the Holy League) ferreted the Turkish fleet out of its winter quarters and destroyed it on a single day in October. Even though more than 8,000 of its soldiers alone died that day, with this victory the Christian alliance seemed to have achieved the decisive turning point in Europes struggle against the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.”The European defeat of the Ottomans and turning back of the tide is so redolent to me as it reminds me of the time I finally managed to throw off the waves of my oppressors and be free at last from the threat of destruction. They threw everything at me for years, and tried their best to destroy me, but I learned to play them like a piano, let them smash themselves to pieces against me like a moth against a lighthouse, flaunt myself in their faces like Nana on the stage of the Theatre des Varieties inviting the whole of Paris to worship her sovereign nudity. Cy Twombly’s Lepanto in Munich will now join the Pummerin in the top of Vienna’s Stephansdom as important places of pilgrimage.