Look out! Look out, boys! Clear the track!
The witches are here! They’ve all come back!
They hanged them high,—No use! No use!
What cares a witch for a hangman’s noose?
They buried them deep, but they wouldn’t lie still,
For cats and witches are hard to kill;
They swore they shouldn’t and wouldn’t die,—
Books said they did, but they lie! they lie!
Illustrations from Oliver Wendell Holmes’ “The Broomstick Train; Or, The Return Of The Witches” drawn by Howard Pyle, 1908.
After her son, one of the suspects in the theft, was arrested in January, Olga Dogaru claims to have buried the paintings in her village in Romania. Later she says she dug them up and ultimately burned them in her stove in February of this year.
Investigators, not taking Dogaru at her word, are performing forensic analysis on the ashes taken from her house.
Forecast magazine cover by Frank R. Paul, ink on paper.
October, 1529: troops of the Holy Roman Empire laid siege to Florence, Italy. A committee called the “Nine of the Militias” was appointed to construct defences for the city, and one of the nine was Michelangelo Buonarroti. Michelangelo was ultimately made “governor and general prosecutor of fortifications”.
Due to treachery on one hand and the sudden illness of Francesco Ferruccio on the other, Florence ultimately fell in the summer of 1530. The victors began to enact their revenge upon the defenders and Michelangelo went into hiding in a small corridor underneath the New Sacristy of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, where he had been working on Medici tombs.
Faced with three months of solitary confinement surrounded by four blank walls, what else would Michelangelo have done? The corridor was not discovered until almost 450 years later, in 1977, and is not open to the public.