This 16th century striking, simple verdict on the inaugural performance in Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico could stand as an interesting test for many kinds of performance or creation. Was no one left unmoved?

Elsewhere the writer tells us that ‘The performance was simply marvelous’ (‘Fu lo spettacolo a dir il vero meraviglioso.’)

‘Non vi fu persona che non ne restasse commossa.’   (‘No one was left unmoved.’)

May all your performances be simply marvelous and may no one be left unmoved.

See other Key Performance (or Penmanship) Indicators inspired by quotations of Henry WilliamsonMolly Peacock, Harold Bloom and Adam Nicolson’s kind reaction to this website.

Source: Filippo Pigafetta in a letter, 4th March 1585, quoted at the Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza

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