Giotto's Frescoes, Capella Peruzzi in Santa Croce

Barbara's Diary

Florence, Capella Brancacci

Florence, Palazzo Medici-Ricardi

Florence, Santa Felicita

San Gimignano

Siena + Galgano

The Landscape

Monte Oliveto







Pieve di Romena



Il Duomo, Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Campanile


Views from the Campanile May 1974

View north, Fiesole on the hill

View south-east: from the left Santa Croce, the Barghello, the Badia, San Miniato al Monte on the hillside


The Doors of the Baptisterio

Ghiberti, Nativity

Ghiberti Annunciation

Piazale Signori on Sunday, Bramante's fountain, the Palazzo Populi on the right



Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella


Uccello's Frescoes in Santa Maria Novella

We saw these most startling frescoes in the Green Cloisters of Santa Maria Novella on our last visit, time and the heat prevented a return. The paintings are in very poor condition and very hard to see, but like the Bancacci Chapel they count among the earliest, and most exciting Renaissance frescoes, They were admired in Uccello's time for their daring perspective.

Ucello, The Flood, 1447-48





Ucello, The Creation of Adam, 1432-36


San Miniato al Monte


The Sacristry of San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte has always been my favorite Florentine church. This time we discovered the sacristy with its frescoes by Arentino Spinello, whose name I had never heard of.....

Arentino Spinello, Life of St. Benedict 1387

Arentino Spinello, The Apostels, ceiling of the sacristy 1387


The Pre-Renaissance paintings at the Uffizi (1974)

Gentile Fabbriano, Adoration of the Magi

This photo was taken free-hand, without a flash in 1974 and is for that reason not sharp.

Duccio, Madonna Rucellai

Simone Martini, Annunciation


And the most precious Flamish Nativity Triptych which Hugo van der Goes painted for the Florentine merchant Potinari

Hugo van der Goes, The Potinari Triptych

Hugo van der Goes, Flowers from the Potinari Triptych