Elizabeth Scalia on a moment of revelation :

Last spring, I had occasion to stand upon a colonnade at St. Peter’s Basilica and watch the sun come up over Rome. As it chased the damp and rising mists from the distance, I realized I was enjoying in those hills and columns and trees a prospect surveyed by Michelangelo and Raphael, and I suddenly understood the source of the particular color-choices and shadings found in much of their work and in churches throughout Rome: it all came together before my eyes in a hugely gratifying and humbling moment of revelation and wonder-connectedness.