I’m just back from a break in my home away from home, which is Italy. The first few days were spent with Giuseppe Ghini and family, a professor of Russian literature at the Università d’Urbino, not to mention a blogger in his own right. The highlight of our time together, besides long and relaxed discussions of matters of common interest, was a tour of sites in Tuscany in which the works of Piero della Francesca (15th century), some of which have only recently been restored, are on display. This “master of the masters” of Renaissance art, and Fra Filippo Lippi and Fra Carnevale before him, deserve to be better known. No less than a visit to Ravenna, Assisi, and Firenze, a visit to Arezzo, Monterchi, and San Sepolcro is an intellectual and spiritual pilgrimage. For a brief introduction to the ongoing Piero della Francesca exhibition, go here.
I'm not that great at manipulating jpegs; my in-house techie (son Giovanni) is currently unavailable (he’s lounging on the Italian riviera with his mamma and sorelle, all the while reading Huck Finn), but I will provide abundant links. If you follow them, you will see what I saw.