An unforgettable visit to the Opificio delle Pietre Dure - a restoration laboratory founded in the 17th century by the Medici - the BEST in the world.
An unfinished painting by Leonardo de Vinci being restored, 'pentimenti' - a marvel - he drew like no other artist before or since.
On the computer screen, the infra red images are extraordinary
- a highlight at the beginning of 2013.
Another visit to Antico Setificio Fiorentino [see my blog entry of June 3, 2011] - handwoven fabrics of the highest 'rafinatezza', from butterfly wing silks, heavy brocades of silk and linen - without question the very best production of incomparable fabrics.
An explosion of trainers from Nao do Brasil - opposite Palazzo Pitti www.naodebrasil.com
At the Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze,
an exhibition of the Giazotto Mineral Collection - astonishing!