Recognising that my role was merely one of custodian for this great endeavour, we handed the database and the Grioni archive into the capable hands of Museum Director Federica Rabae and colleagues at the Museo del Paessagio in late 2021.
Crossing the lake to Verbania brought echoes of Tennyson’s famous lines: “Row us out from Desenzano”:
“Row us out from Stresa, to your Verbania row!
So they row’d, and there we landed-“O venusta Paessagio”
There to me through all the groves of olive in the summer glow,
There beneath the Roman ruin where the purple flowers grow,
Came that ‘Ave atque Vale’ of the Poet’s hopeless woe,
Tenderest of Roman poets nineteen-hundred years ago,
‘Frater Ave atque Vale’ – as we wandered to and fro
Gazing at the Lydian laughter on the shores of the Maggiore Lake below
Troubetzkoy’s beloved Paesaggio!”
(With Apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson)