If financial analysts had spent more time admiring a Michaelangelo fresco or reading Dante instead of poring over spreadsheets, they might not have touched off the inferno that engulfed the Italian sovereign debt market, Italy’s state auditor is claiming.
Standard & Poor’s revealed on Tuesday it had been notified by Corte dei Conti that credit rating agencies may have acted illegally and opened themselves up to damages of €234bn, in part by failing to consider Italy’s rich cultural history when downgrading the country.As Orson Welles put it;
Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.On second thought, the Elgin Marbles are in the British Museum, as well, Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace are in the Louvre. Even Sophia was an Italian playing a Greek;