My name is Francesco and I am a Florentine. Florence is, and has always been, the center and focus of my life. This is the city where I was born and raised, where I studied Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University, where I got married and where I became father. I lived and worked in Paris, and in London for a while, then I started teaching in schools for foreign students. In 1993, I won the Tourist Guide License in a public competition ( 14th out of a thousand of candidates), in that moment my passion became my job........
A walk through the great history of Florence and Italian painting. The artworks and the artists that have marked the western world painting.
Giotto and the beginning of Italian painting, the masters of Early Renaissance, Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli's mythologic allegories, Verrocchio and his talented pupil Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the "maniera moderna", Raphael's sublime beauty, Bronzino's aristocratic style, the warm sensuality of Titian, Caravaggio's "violent" art.....Read more: The Golden Age of the Florentine Painting, from Giotto to Michelangelo
God and money, Church and bankers, money and divine beauty, the forces which combined to generate the Renaissance. "You cannot serve God and money" is written in the Gospels, nevertheless money can serve beauty, and when beauty celebrates God, it can even wash some sins away. Money cannot buy immortality but it can save from oblivion and it may be a good investment in the Kingdom of Heaven......Read more: In the name of God and money