The Initiatory Transcontinental Chapter


Throughout the epochs, there are tales that transcend time and space, weaving a human experience that stretches from the paved streets of Paris to the time-honored treasures of Constantinople.

Such is the exalted initiatory voyage originated by one singularly intrepid explorer in the autumn of 1906, a journey through the cultural crucibles of Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, and Athens, before culminating in the fabled city on the Bosphorus.

This modern-day pilgrim traversing the landscapes of art and culture, guided by an insatiable thirst for enlightenment and a reverence for the sacred treasures of human creativity, audacity, and ingenuity where the whispers of history echo through the resplendent tableaux of metropolis steeped in history.


With a small but meticulously packed luggage in hand, I embarked upon the waiting train, my heart pulsating with excitement and anticipation for the odyssey that lay ahead. As the conductor’s whistle pierced the morning air, signalling the departure of the train, I felt a surge of exhilaration wash over me, knowing that I was about to embark on a journey of discovery and enlightenment unlike any other.
As we hurtled through the picturesque countryside, I was lost in reverie, reflecting upon the Academician, Realistic and Romantic artworks which have swayed my formative years and the ones awaited me. From the resplendence of the Renaissance, to the august grandeur of Byzantine and Ottoman art, and onward through the extraordinary opulence of classical Greek antiquity, I knew that I was on the cusp of an extraordinary adventure—one that would forever alter the course of my life and reshape my understanding of the world around me.


Emerging from the depths of the earth, I found myself deposited into the bustling heart of Milan’s Central Station, a bustling hive of activity that pulsated with the rhythm of industrial progress and cultural dynamism. Wasting no time, I plunged headlong into the labyrinthine streets of the city, where the grandeur of the Duomo and the enigmatic allure of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” awaited me, nestled within the hallowed walls of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

The cultural vibrancy of Milan was further magnified by the spectacle of the Milan International, a grand exposition held amidst the verdant splendor of Sempione Park and Piazza d’Armi. Here, amid the grandeur of fine arts displays and the hum of industrial innovation, I found myself engulfed in a kaleidoscope of artistic expression, from the divisionist brushstrokes of Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo to the dynamic visions of Umberto Boccioni, a pioneering force within the Futurist movement, and the evocative landscapes of Giovanni Segantini, capturing the timeless beauty of the Alps with a Symbolist touch.

 To be continued...


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