Tag Archives: Performance Art

The Zibaldone originated in Florence

(Thanks for clarifying this point Roly) Zibaldones…orginated in Florence! Around 1300. There are hundreds from there. Only very few from Venice. (Although some are incredible, like the book of Michael of Rhodes). The word itself is a Florentine / Tuscan name for a salad (probably: possibly a vegetable stew).

Zibaldones were  used by merchants who used notebooks as part of their day to day business. Unlike their upper-class counterparts, who mostly stuck to Latin, these merchants wrote in the local Italian dialect. They were also more likely to bring together all kinds of work and play into one small, portable book. Alongside their workaday notes they drew boats and people and jotted down stories and other items of personal interest.

JesseJames Venice Zibaldone

I am watching you – are you watching yourself in me?

JesseJames Inis Oirr Inisheer Zibaldone Napolenic Look Out TowerLR

It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. I am watching you – are you watching yourself in me?

Words: Lawrence Durrell, Spirit Of Place: Letters And Essays On Travel. Image: JesseJames.

Cathaoir JesseJames, Teach an Giúise

A seat located in Firhouse where the artists found inspiration.

It is said that this was JesseJames’s favourite seat in Firhouse. Situated on the village green and overlooking Saint Vincent de Paul’s Charity Shop and Moran’s Pharmacy, they sat here while they were reflecting on their art.