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Robert Browning

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In 1848 Robert and Elizabeth Browning visited Fano to meet Cardinal Wiseman's sister Fanny and Ann Taaffe, an Irishwoman. Fanny and Ann were married to Count Andrea Gabrielli and Count Luigi Borgogelli respectively. Nicholas Patrick Cardinal Wiseman is still remembered for his bestselling novel Fabiola. Browning admired a painting he saw in a chapel of St. Augustine's church: The Guardian Angel, by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666) a.k.a. il guercino (or the one-eyed boy , as he had lost the right eye as a boy). Barbieri was born in Cento (Ferrara) the hometown of Benjamin Disraeli. Both artists are listed among the Centesi illustri/the Illustrious Citizens of Cento /(left column in the Commune's website):

Browning wrote a poem about The Guardian Angel. He wrote it in a room overlooking the harbour of Ancona and dedicated it to Alfred Dommet, an old friend of his who lived in New Zealand.

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