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The Gate to the Front Garden has an inscription in two parts, the first line seen from outside the Front Garden and the second from within.

A COTTAGE - A FIELD - A PLOUGH

THERE IS HAPPINESS

This is a quotation from Louis Antoine de Saint Just, the uncompromising and compelling French Revolutionary idealogue who advocated the simple life of the peasant as a model for a just society. He was guillotined on 10 Thermidor (July 28) 1794. Implicitly the text is also a metaphor for the life of the artist.

 

Nearby in the Front Garden is a stone column base placed at the foot of a tree, the living equivalent of a column, with the inscription SAINT-JUST. The work is a monument to his position as an upholder of republicanism, as staunch as any citizen of republican Rome.

 
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