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Thursday, 14 February 2013


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...

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

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 

At the Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze
an exhibition of the Giazotto Mineral Collection - astonishing!

A Palazzo garden 
in the centre of 

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