Detail of angel. Virgin of the Rocks. Leonardo da Vinci.* A white woman married into Hong Kong culture, not a glamourous expat, writes of her financial disaster and mystical experiences, a unique story, The Goddess of Mercy & the Dept of Miracles, by Arielle Gabriel *
Pieta, Michelangelo. So lovely. On May 21, 1972, a mentally disturbed man walked into the chapel and attacked the sculpture with a geologist's hammer while shouting "I am Jesus Christ." Onlookers took many of the pieces of marble that flew off. Later, some pieces were returned, but many were not, including Mary's nose, which had to be reconstructed from a block cut out of her back.