In Rome, I discovered this painting by Vouet. It was painted in 1624 for the wealthy patron, Marcello Sachetti. It’s title is Allegory. In it you see a woman named Intellect with fire coming out of her head, the bare-chested and winged Will in the middle and cloaked in red, two-faced Memory. It grabbed me as a launching point for a play or in the very least, a playwriting exercise.
Pompeii was another sight that made the writer in me come alive. I found it haunting, provocative and theatrical.