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BERGAMIN, CATHOLIC AND REVOLUTIONARY

UPON MEETING HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME, MY MIND went back to one of Greco’s canvases: it was only there I could have seen a face so instinct with spirituality. Unconsciously I was tempted to look for some physical defect-only to discover later on the magnificent masculine vitality of this seemingly so fragile figure. From the very first moment you sense Bergamin’s spiritual superiority to all who surround him, but the warm humanity he exudes is so intense that all feeling of inferiority is banished in advance. In his company you feel as if somebody of the nature of Francis of Assisi had suddenly assumed flesh and blood.