Food for the Soul: Faces of Tuscany

Benozzo Gozzoli. Self-portrait (the man in blue in the middle) (1459). The Chapel of the Magi (west wall detail), Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout

In Florentine museums and churches, there is an endless parade of Madonnas and altar compositions of the Holy Family, which have somewhat lost their religious impact after so many centuries of changing spiritual views. When they are displayed en masse in art galleries, what makes the most immediate impression are those details that have withstood the test of time. The best are the unusual, expressive faces that suddenly pop out of the gilded frames.

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