Friday, July 13, 2007

Rinascimento in Valdarno

Rinascimento means Rennassaince and Valdarno is an area along the Arno River outside of Florence but in Tuscany.

Gloria found a tremendous deal in Florence, and believe me, not too many of them exist! We went to the Rinascimento in Valdarno exhibit. This exhibit is in 5 small towns in small cities around the Arno, and have works of art from 5 of the masters. There was an air conditioned bus that left at 9 a.m. from a point near Santa Maria Novella, and returned at 7:30 p.m. and the cost was only 5 euro. Their was a guide at each of the exhibits included!

The works of art are pieces that exist in these small towns outside of the large renaissance city of Florence, and the intent is to show that there was no favoritism given to Florence as a large city over these smaller towns where works of art were created by these masters. It is amazing that these works of art were created in the 14th and early 15th centuries, making them 600-700 years old, and the towns were they are located even older. It can give you goose bumps!

The cities were small, quaint, and remote. We visited on Sunday, and most everything was closed in all of the cities, which was disappointing, but understandable when you think about it.
Gloria and I found a lovely restaurant for lunch and had a wonderful pasta, Linguine with ricotta and lemon sauce.

The cities that we visited along with the artist represented there were:
Vallambrosa-Domenico Ghirlandaio
Cascia di Reggello-Masaccio
San Giovanni Valdarno-Fra Angelico
Santa Maria in Figlini-Giotto
San Lorenzo in Montevarchi-Andrea and Luca della Robbia

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