Entries tagged with “travel notes in Italy”.


Al doilea episod din amintirile de calatorie ale lui Gica Manescu in Italia este dedicat Venetiei. Intamplator tocmai am vazut un film al carui actiune se petrece aproape in intregime in orasul gondolelor si al carnavalului (si al festivalului de film), voi posta cronica lui probabil maine.

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Am  gasit zilele trecute la ARTE un documentar scurt despre Piata San Marco si persoanele intalnite acolo. Cum fusesem in  decursul anilor trecuti de trei ori in orasul din Laguna  Adriaticei am scos amintirile din minte si vi le redau.

Nu mi-am propus decat sa descriu unele aspecte si impresii care m-au miscat si mi-au atins  mintea si sufletul. Istorie si geografie fac altii mai bine decat mine.

Noutatea a fost ca n-am mai avut bataia de cap sa schimb, in minte bine inteles, preturile din lire, in shekeli sau $.Totul era in Euro, dar in unele locuri se mai afisau preturile vechi in lire.

Apa lagunei tot tulbure, vaporetti si barci cu motor – taxiuri strabat canalele in toate sensurile, iar gondolele legate de debarcader, leganandu-se, asteapta clientii sau lento, lento, strabat  canalele.

 

source http://www.carnivalofvenice.com/?page_id=1551

 

E  singurul oras din lume unde exista profesiunea de gondolier, chiar si prin mostenire.

De turisti n-­am ce spune. Intr-o localitate cu ceva mai mult de 400.000 locuitori, intra si se perinda in fiecare luna, cam doua milioane de turisti. Din toata lumea si e o incalceala de limbi  ca la Turnul Babel.

 

source http://www.nalon-weddingsitaly.com/wedding_ceremonies_in_venice.htm

 

Calugarite si elevi italieni cu ghizi, nemti, japonezi marunti, dar de o mobilitate desebita, cu aparatele foto in actiune permanenta si  rapida. N-au lipsit, ca pretutindeni, isralienii. I-am  intalnit grupati, in fostul ghetou si la sinagoga veche, cladire de muzeu. Alaturi este un  camin al Comunitatii evreesti venetiene, pentru cei  batrani.

Curios mi s-a parut si nu am stiut, ca e  un  oras cu multe biserici renumite si un cult pentru sfinti. Am gasit strazi si statii de vaporetti, cu numele lui San…

Locul de “adunare” e Piazza San Marco. E  singura cu aceasta denumire, altele sunt “Campo“. Acolo se nasc si cresc mii de porumbei. Am  vazut un  fotograf, care de 40 ani isi face meseria si are un porumbel  de care nu se desparte si pasarea il  recunoaste.

Oboseala turistilor e potolita, prin pauzele sezande pe podetele stivuite, folosite la inundatiile dupa ploi.

Vanzatoarea de seminte pentru pasari, nu pridideste cu ambalarea si vanzarea lor.

 

source http://www.toms-travels.net/?p=8117

 

Aceasta Piata lunga de 170 m si larga intre 56  – 82 m. este locul cafenelelor cu sau fara formatii muzicale – Florian in frunte – a magazinelor deosebite si a fost in  trecut locul activitatilor politice sau religioase, fiind flancata de Bazilica San Marco din 1094  si Palatul Dogilor.

 

source http://www.narratives.co.uk/Details.aspx?ID=5737&TypeID=1&searchtype=&contributor=0&licenses=1,2&sort=REL&cdonly=False&mronly=False&images=True&video=True&documents=True

 

In Bazilica, cu o taxa mica, se poate admira “Altarul de aur“ o capodopera artistico-religioasa din sec. 14.

 

source http://www.chinaoilpaintinggallery.com/g-giovanni-bellini-c-58_73_804/san-zaccaria-altarpiece-p-21215

 

Mi s-a recomandat sa vizitez biserica San Zaccaria, unde o pictura din 1505 a  necunoscutului mie, Giovanni Bellini,  reprezinta pe “Maica Domnului cu pruncul in brate”. Mama cu o privire deosebita spre prunc si admiratoarele din jur.

 

source http://www.lapalazzinaveneziana.it/english/venezia.asp

 

Peste drum  de statia fluviala, pe  bratul opus al Canalului Grande este  mareata Bazilica Santa Maria della Salute ‚ a sanatatii. Cu constructia octogonala, din marmora alba, cu sute de simboluri ale Mariei, e o perla arhitectonica, de admirat.

Un pod e la dispozitia pietonilor.

Palatul dogilor, maiestuos, estre vizitat de sute de oameni pe zi.

Adoptand tehnica moderna, are un lift care ne urca pana la etajul 4, coborarea pe scari, e mai usoara.

Patrunderea in salile uriase, impresionante prin picturile si tavanele aurite te aduc parca in alte locuri. De-a lungul peretilor banci din lemn  lustruit te invita sa te asezi  pentru odihna si meditare.

 

http://www.allpaintings.org/v/Mannerism/Tintoretto/Tintoretto+-+The+Last+Judgment.jpg.html

 

Sunt in deosebi de admirat cele doua picturi, semnate de Tintoretto in sec.16 – „Judecata de apoi”. Pacat ca lumina zilei patrunde greu si sursele de lumina artificiala sunt insuficiente.

Daca este un motiv  sa fie asa, nu stiu.

Piese de mobilier nu exista, lasandu-i–se fiecaruia libertatea de imaginatie.

 

source http://www.forumlive.net/proposte/muri%20e%20ponti/pontifamosi/index.htm

 

Prin culoare si coridoare inguste, se ajunge la usa “Puntii suspinelor” prin care comdamnatii intrau in drumul  fara intoarcere.

 

source http://www.hotelbepielciosoto-venezia.com/venice-hotel-en/hotel-marghera-da-non-perdere.asp

 

Podul  Rialto, construit intre 1588 – 1591, la o parte ingusta a Canalului Grande,  facea o legatura intre partile componente ale orasului si e loc de activitati diverse.

Nu ma interesau si alta data nu am dat atentie, magazinelor cu papusi, masti si tot felul de accesorii de Carnaval,  care are loc in februarie. Preturile sunt piperate,  lucrari de arta si probabil, clientii sunt turistii straini.

In urma cu ani nu tineam seama unde urc sau cobor si peste cate podete ale canalelor, paseam.   Data asta, s–au mai adaugat niste ani in carca  si am numarat. O  idee anormala. Au fost 400 de poduri, totalizand 150 de trepte. Sunt  sigur ca am mai  gresit.

Acum, prin usoarea febra musculara a gambelor, le-am simtit existenta,  dar nu ne-am dat batuti.

A venit si ziua plecarii. Vremea ne-a favorizat . Programul comod, si nu am repetat ce stiam si vizitasem anterior, cum sunt insulele Murano, cu productia de obiecte din sticla,  de o varietate incomensurabila si  Burano, cea cu dantelariile si ale carei case multi colorate  sunt asemeni cuburilor de joaca.

Am ajuns in  25  minute la aeroport, convinsi ca soferul taxiului acvatic,  impertinent dar cotcar, ne-a ridicat pretul. Am inghitit galusca, in tacere.

Cu o aterizare de o ora la Viena, austriecii ne-au adus la Ben Gurion.  Eram  acasa.

 

Doctorul Gica Manescu mi-a permis preluarea unui articol recent al sau care impartaseste amintiri dintr-o calatorie in Italia. Unele locuri le-am vazut si eu, altele nu. Ii multumesc pentru aceasta noua impartasire.

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Acum  cativa ani, mica mea familie de 3 persoane m-a asteptat la aeroportul italian “Fiumicino“ pentru o vacanta  acolo. Cu o masina  inchiriata, spre Roma, am strabatut soseaua pe marginile careia sunt pini inalti care isi unesc  varfurile coroanelor si parca s-ar deschide un tunel.

Roma, oras frumos, cu istorie veche si cu urme ale trecutului. Circulatia vehiculelor e inebunitoare,  oamenii vorbesc repede si tare, gesticuIatia vie si ne lasa in urma. Curatenia e destul de buna in centru, la periferie, ca la noi,  Nu erau olim hadasim (imigranti).

 

source http://www.roadlesstravelled.com.au/rome-forum-palatine-hill-colosseum-vatican-museum-and-st-peters-basilica-review/

 

Intr-un autobuz,  cum vorbeam romaneste, cel din fata, adresandu-se cu “ scuzi “, a  vrut sa stie ce dialect vorbim ca el intelegea foarte multe. Ginta latina.

Pastele, pizza si cafeaua “espresso“ le-am savurat la “mama lor“ si parca aveau alt gust si aroma. Per pedes, am inceput sa vizitam monumente, cladiri, sa vedem istoria invatata sau cunoscuta. In Piazza Venezia, am urcat treptele largi  ale  “Capitoliului“ , proiectat de Michelangelo, (azi e Primaria si un muzeu), in fata fiind statuia ecvestra a lui Marc Aureliu, din secolul II.

In Forumul Roman, am  privit Arcul de Triumf al lui Titus, ridicat in anul 81, dupa ce cucerise Ierusalimul si in anul 70, a distrus Templul. Se vad in basoreliefuri, evreii dusi ca sclavi. Nu departe, e Forumul Traian. Tot in  basoreliefuri, erau scene dupa cucerirea Daciei de catre romani.

 

source http://www.lessing-photo.com/dispimg.asp?i=08050648+&cr=48&cl=1

 

Mi-au revenit in minte, cum la liceu, in orele de “Istorie  a evreilor“ facute cu domnul Derbarimdigher – of  ce nume greu – invatam despre “faptele de eroism si suferinte ale poporului nostru“ si la liceu, in  orele de “Istorie antica“ invatam cu domnul  Arbore, despre “strabunii nostri, dacii si romanii”.

Colosseum, acea oarecum ruina  partiala a circului  roman, in reparatii si curatire, Pe pietre a aparaut culoarea alba, cea originala.

 

source http://robertnyman.com/rome/saturday.htm

 

Nu poti fi la Roma fara sa treci pe langa Fontana  di Trevi  si sa  n-o admiri. Si ca toti de acolo,  sa arunci o moneda peste spate,  aducatoare de noroc. O cunoastem  si din  filmul “ Dolce vita “.

Mai departe,  in  Piata Navona , de admirat fantana monumentala a celor 4 fluvii, opera lui Bernini.Sunt din  4 continente : Nil, Gange, Rio del Plata si Dunarea.

Dar tarabele, casutele neglijate si zgomotul, iti taie pofta de frumos.

 

source http://www.tripwolf.com/en/guide/show/266757/Italy/Rome/San-Pietro-in-Vincoli

 

La biserica neinsemnata, San  Pietro in Vincoli ( Sf. Petru in lanturi ) ,intr-un semi- intuneric, troneaza in  jiltul lui,  Moise, sculptat de  Michelangelo.

Alt punct  turistic important este Basilica San  Pietro. Piata  enorma  cu obeliscul in  centru si biserica,  parca te cutremura. Vaticanul cu Garda  elvetiana  e  alaturi.

 

source http://www.bb360.it/

 

Daca la Luvru din Paris, e inghesuiala la portretul  “ Giocondei “- Mona Lisaa, a lui Leonardo da Vinci, aici e la“Pieta” a lui Michelangelo.

Pentruca sute de ani, milioane de vizitatori mangaiau sau sarutau un  picior al lui Christos,  s-a subtiat. Sculptura are in  fata, un perete din  sticla. Doar priviri, fara atingeri.

Un loc pe care putini turisti stiu sa-l viziteze seara,  este terasa de la Observator. Iti sta la picioare, Roma luminata. Priveliste rara.

Drumul  cu masina  spre sud cu soarele pe cerul mediteranian, este o incantare a ochilor.

Trecem intai prin   Napoli, metropola cu aspect variat, cuprinzand renumitul cartier –Santa Lucia ( de aici si cantoneta) si cu golful lui, de care se spune ca e unul din  cele mai  frumoase din  lume, impreuna cu cele din Haifa si Sydney .

In urma cu ani, italienii spuneau : “ Vedi Napoli, poi more “. Mucalitii au parafrazat, spunand: “  De  ce sa mori ? Vezi mai intai Napoli si apoi Mori.

 

source http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=190169

 

Pompei,  orasul acoperit de lava vulcanului Vezuviu, de apoape 2000 de ani, in 67 e.n. si adus la lumina abia in  1860. A fost cu cei 25 mii de locuitori ai sai, unul din orasele importante ale Imperiului Roman.

Nu-ti vine sa crezi,  ce locuinte , ce bai si bucatarii au avut.

Pe coasta amalfitana, se insira pitorestile Positano, Salerno, Amalfi. De  pe soseaua in  serpentine stranse , in  sus si in  jos, se deschide o perspective, rar intalnita.

 

source http://www.italianbestweddings.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=1

 

Sorrento, cu case elegante, magazine cu tot ce doresti, hoteluri de lux, dar si modeste, este unul din  punctele de plecare spre insula Capri. Dupa 45 minute, vaporul acosteaza in portul insulei. Un autobuz duce  calatorii sus, in localitatea  Ana- Capri.

O strada principala,  hoteluri, buticuri, magazine de dulciuri si Casa – muzeu a scriitorului suedez -  Axel Munthe.

 

source http://www.art.com/products/p13036603-sa-i2280954/roy-rainford-house-of-axel-munthe-villa-san-michele-anacapri-capri-campania-italy.htm

 

Cand in  urma cu foarte multi ani  am  citit  “ Cartea de la  San – Michele  “ am  sperat ca intr-o zi ma voi plimba prin  gradina si voi admira statuia mica a unui leu .

Cu vizitarea, intr-o barca a  “ Grotei albastre “,  am  incheiat excursia.

Iar la  Fumicino, pentru zborul de  intoarcere. Am locuit in  hoteluri si pensiuni, serviciul bun  si gazdele ospitaliere.

Am intrat la mine in casa, pe malul aceleiasi mari, dar viata zilnica , cu greutatile si avantajele ei a fost reluata.

Adaug ca  in Italia am mai fost si la nord de Roma : Florenta, Siena, Pavia,  Venezia dar si pe coasta Adriaticei. Poate ne vom  mai intalni.

 

Dr.  G. Manescu.

Decembrie 2011.

 

I will divide in two parts the collection of impressions and pictures from our recent vacation in Italy. It started with a four days prelude or intermezzo in Milan, followed by one full week in Sicily. This first part is about the Milanese stay, our first time in the North-Italian city.

 

over the Alps

 

The flight itinerary took us to Amsterdam first, and then over the Alps to Milan, where we arrived in the early afternoon.

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

 

After checking in at the hotel we walked towards the center of the city. Soon we were to discover that two couples would rather use cabs in Milan, as the fee was always around 10 Euros, not exceeding by much the price of four metro or tram tickets. As we often do when we are for the first time in a previously unknown city we took the city circuit bus, which has two loops and for 20 Euros one can use it for 48 hours as much as he can. It was a good introduction for understanding our ways into the city, although most of the principal objectives are located in the center, on a surface that must not exceed 10 square kilometers. We first saw the famous glass-covered arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which was originally designed in 1861 and built 1865 and 1877, which connects two of the most famous landmarks of Milan – The Duomo and the Scala Opera Theater.

 

Duomo at Night

 

We took the first pictures at night of the quite spectacular Duomo, which we were to visit three days later.

 

Santa Maria delle Grazie (exterior)

 

The second day was the day of the churches and of Da Vinci. The weather was great, according to a local cab driver autumn was milder than ever, and we encountered very little rain during all our stay in Milan and Sicily until the last day of our vacation. We started the day at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, whose annex building hosts Da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’. We were lucky to catch an out-of-season period which allowed us to book tickets for the same afternoon. The painting can be seen only in groups of 25 people, and what was once the dining room of the monastery is now climate-control in order to protect it from exposure, and try to stop or at least slow the pace of its degradation.

 

 

What can be said about a work of art that so much has been written about, which was described, analyzed, dramatized and romanced in so many ways? The state of the painting is not good at all but this not something recent, its decay started soon after it was painted because of the technique used by Da Vinci. Recent restorations focused on bringing back the details covered by time, but avoided reconstructing the colors. The strongest impression is made the architectural conception, and you realize it only if you wank back and look at the painting from the opposite wall. Suddenly the two reversed triangles – of earthly and heavenly perspectives appear obvious and they continue naturally the proportions of the room designed by the architect Donato Bramante who took over and completed the construction of the church and of the monastery at the end of the 15th century.

 

lunette over the entry door at Santa Maria delle Grazie

 

Back to the church, another smaller work of Da Vinci can be admired in the lunette over the entry door. It represents the Madonna between Lodovico Sforza and his wife.

 

inside Santa Maria delle Grazie

 

Entering the church, the combination and contrast of the two styles and periods the church was built becomes visible. The elongated nave with the arches was built by Guiniforte Solari while the large octogonal apse at the end belongs to Bramante’s completion of the work.Gothic and Renaissance styles meet and meld in the same structure built in the period of transition between the two epochs in the European culture.

 

Tryptic by Nicolo of Cremona (1520)

 

Among the many beautiful pieces of art in the church I liked the tryptic signed by Nicolo of Cremona representing the Virgin Mary in the center, with St. John Baptist and St. Peter Martyr on the side panels.

 

Sant'Ambrogio's Atrium

 

Our next stop was at the Sant’Ambrogio church. Dedicated to the patron saint of Milan, the first basilica was built by the saint himself in the 4th century. Much of the structure of the current building dates from the 10th to 12th century, with final improvements belonging again to Bramante in the Renaissance period at the end of the 15th century. Badly damaged during World War II the church was renovated after the war and includes today invaluable treasures of the religious art from the period of early Christianity until the Renaissance.

 

capitals at Sant'Ambrogio

 

The atrium dates from the 11th century when it was a place of refuge in the period when the city had no defense walls. The columns end with decorated capitals representing biblical scenes and fantastic animals representing the fight between Good and Evil as imagined by the Middle Age artists.

 

chapel of San Vittore in Ciel d'Oro

 

Of the many remarkable points of interest inside the church the chapel of San Vittore in Ciel d’Oro with the gold mosaics in the vault and the realistic representations of Sant Ambrogio is one of a striking beauty and priceless value, dating from the 5th century.

 

 

apse mosaic at Sant'Ambrogio

 

The mosaic in the apse dates from the 4th to the 8th century. It depicts the enthroned Christ in a genre a composition that I will meet a week later in Sicily.

 

sarcophagus of Stilico

 

The relief sculptures on the sarcophagus built in the 4th century are also impressive. Stilico was a roman general, but other theories consider the remains inside being these of the emperor Gratian.

 

the ciborium

 

The ciborium is a 10th century baldachin laying on four elegant columns protecting a Golden Altar.

 

the five monks (15th century)

 

Last I am posting the picture of a group of five enigmatic monks, painted sculpture from the 15th century, composed in traditional Gothic attitudes with techniques and mastership of the Renaissance.

 

the Roman columns at San Lorenzo

 

Our next stop was one of the oldest round churches in the Christianity, San Lorenzo alle Colonne, originally built in the 4th century and serving as imperial chapel for some of the first Christian Roman emperors. Unfortunately we arrived there after 12:30 discovering one of the characteristics of the visiting schedules in Milan and Italy in general. When a place is supposed to be closed it will certainly be closed. When it should be open it may be open. So we admired the building from the outside and took pictures of the 16 Corinthian columns that give the name to the place, part of a second or third century Roman temple.

 

statue of Constantine at San Lorenzo

 

The statue of Constantine located in front of the church is actually a bronze copy of a Roman statue of the emperor.

 

Da Vinci's Wing

 

Our next stop was in the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci. I have visited many such museums around the world, most of them with my kids (when they were kids). By all criteria, in size and content, the museum in Milan is one of the best – with extensive sections dedicate to the history of flight, to time measurement, to communications, and other fields of science. It is however the section dedicated to the models of the machinery of Da Vinci that captivated us. In the city that maybe best keeps his memory his manuscripts were analyzed and many of the machines he created on sketches with the imagination of a genius were constructed in relative small size models.

 

Da Vinci's Mud Dredge

 

The only similar place that recreates the inventions of Da Vinci that I visited is the castle of Clos Luce in Ambroise, in the Loire Valley, the last residence of Da Vinci after he exiled to France in the last years of his life. The models in the park of the French castle are larger size, maybe the size Da Vinci wanted them to be. In Milan they are reduced in scale bu much more numerous.

 

La Scala

 

No, we did not attend a performance at La Scala, this is a dream left for another journey. We just visited the museum which allowed us a glimpse to the famous theater. The building seen from outside is less impressing than expected, but it is the music inside that makes the fame of the place.

 

McDonalds and Beit Midrash

 

Back into the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II we took a picture of a combination that for sure was not imagined by the time the gallery was open. At the ground level, in between exclusive shops and restaurants, some older than one century a McDonalds proudly ocuppies one of the four corners of the principal intersection. On the second floor a Jewish school and praying place. Times are ‘achanging, as one of the bards used to sing.

 

San Sepolcro - The Flagelation of Christ by Agostino De Fonditius (16th century)

 

Out third day was dedicated to visiting the two most famous art collections of the city – Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera. Both are of the kind of museums we could spend a couples of days in each. Italian art from the Medieval and Renaissance periods are the core of the collections. No photos are allowed in any of the two institutions. The library and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana are located close to the Duomo. The art collection was started in 1618 by Cardinal Frederico Boromeo, and some of the works he collected are still among the best and most famous in the museum.

 

source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_a_Musician

 

The Portrait of a Musician by Da Vinci is one of the finest works in the collection and the only work of Da Vinci in Milan out of a church. The original manuscripts on which Da Vinci imagined and put on paper his scientific research and technical innovations were exposed in the library.

 

via Verdi

 

A ten minutes walk took us on the right side of the Scala on via Verdi which continues with via Brera. Here is located the Pinacoteca di Brera, founded by the end of the 18th century, during the occupation of the city by the Austrians, as the collection of the school of arts of the city.

 

source http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/m/mantegna/2/dead_chr.html

 

Mantegna’s Dead Christ is one of the masterpieces hosted by the museum. The temporary exhibition was dedicated to the works of Francesco Hayez, a painter contemporary to the unification of Italy and to the great musicians of the period.

 

official building from the 30s

 

On the way back I took a picture of a solid building, built in what looked to me as Stalinist style. It was a savings bank built in Fascist Italy of the 30s. I had the same feeling as when I saw some of the government buildings in Washington, DC – it looks like the totalitarian style of the time had many shared characteristics was it put in practice in the Soviet Union, in the US, or other parts of the world.

 

Milanese cutlets at Caffe Biffi

 

In the evening we met with our friends who had chosen to spend the day in Verona and near lake Garda, which we had visited about ten years ago. We ate at one of the famous (and expensive) restaurants in the gallery – Caffe Biffi. One of the treats was Milanese cutlets, which I took a photo of. My personal opinion is that the dish is a remnant of the Austrian period, it’s not much different than the Viennese shnitzel plus a bone.

 

detail on the doors at the Duomo

 

We started the fourth and last day with trying to visit the Duomo. We were not too lucky as access of tourists to the church was not allowed until noon. We took our time visiting the Scala museum, and then taking pictures of the magnificent doors of the church, which although they date mostly from the 19th century are marvelous in their rich decoration of Biblical scenes, detailed and expressive, well fit with the Gothic ensemble whose construction started in the late 14th century.

 

inside the Duomo

 

When we eventually made it inside it was pretty crowded. We decided to give up climbing on the roofs (and its 3500 statues) and admired the stained-glass windows. The odest date from the 15th century but the majority is again completed in the 19th century.

 

Trivulzio Candelabrum

 

The Trivulzio Candelabrum dates back to the medieval period and looks suspiciously like a menorah, maybe a little stylized and rounded but close to the representation on the arch of Titus.

 

Garibaldi's statue in front of Sforzesco's castle

 

The next and last tourist stop of the day was at the Sforzesco castle. Coming from via Dante we passed the huge statue of Garibaldi, a historical figure who seems to be very much in the hearts of the Italians, especially in an year when the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy is celebrated.

 

the Rondanini Pieta

 

I was a little disappointed by the building, which looks more impressive seen from outside with its fortified walls giving a sensation of solid and brutal power. The museum inside has many remarkable sections and works, but we may have been a little too tired of museums to fully enjoy. Yet the last work of Michelangelo – The Rondanini Pieta – executed when the artist was older than 90 is an amazing unfinished work of art.

 

the Rondanini Pieta (detail)

 

Two different versions of the work fight to detach one from the other. Seen closer the Madonna seems to have two heads, the exterior one belonging to the previous version of the work.

 

Calvary by Maestro di Trognano

 

A splendid piece of painted wood composition from the Medieval period.

 

Giovani Bellini's Madona and Child

 

A Madonna and Child by Bellini in the museum catches the moment when artists of the Renaissance used the religious painting as a pretext for human realistic portraits, in this case combining human feelings with the spirituality of the Mother.

 

a great Chianti

 

It was Liliana’s birthday and our last night in Milan, so we went for … shopping in the via Buenos Aires area. We were lucky enough to fall upon Ristorante Pizzeria Sabatini which we later found out it was started in 1946 and is one of the original and most authentic places of its kind in Milan, the food was great and the restaurant is not expensive relative to the Duomo area. We had a bottle of great Chianti with our friends to celebrate the event and seal the four days intermezzo in Milan.