A bust (1861) of Dante with his master and guide Virgil by Baron Henri de Triqueti at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Horace bragged at the end of his Odes, “Exegi monumentum aere perennius”: I have raised a monument more permanent than bronze. (Like M.I.A. singing “no one on the corner’s got swagger like us.”) Great authors have been reassuring themselves with this line ever since. (Like T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye, and Lil Wayne sampling M.I.A.’s aforementioned line for the song [...]