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Thursday, 14 February 2013

TRAVEL: Italy


Departing from Farnborough in England on a cold, grey January day and arriving on the Ligurian coast in pouring rain which soon cleared and one is bathed in beauty...

FLORENCE
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.
The restoration of a figure of Christ



PLAY ME...
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!



A Palazzo garden 
in the centre of 
Florence

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