Susanna Buricchi guides the British press!

Susanna Buricchi guides the British press!

Susanna Buricchi guides the British press!
"On the Trail of Renaissance Genius on the heart of Italy"
This is the title of a very nice article written by the English journalist Neil Gerarthy and just posted on Flux February 2nd 2016 edition. The article was composed by the journalist after a guided tour led by Susanna Buricchi Phd Art Historian and Tour Guide along the Piero della Francesca trial in Tuscany between Arezzo, Monterchi and Sansepolcro.
We are very glad to offer you a selection of its most interesting an meaningful parts!

"If you’ve ever wondered what travelling back in time to the Renaissance might be like, then Arezzo in Tuscany would be a good place to start.
I’m on an art history tour in the heart of Italy tracing the footsteps of Piero della Francesca, the great early Renaissance painter, but before we begin viewing his masterpieces, our guide, art historian Susanna Buricchi, wants us to experience the artistic genius that still flourishes in this ancient hilltop town.
Born into a family of cloth merchants in nearby Sansepolcro in the early 15th Century, Piero della Francesca became an artist’s apprentice at the dawn of Florence’s golden age, and it was while working in Florence that he met many of the leading artistic luminaries of the day including Fra Angelico, Brunelleschi and Donatello. Absorbing the latest trends in humanistic expression, his fame rapidly spread and during his heyday, he spent the summer months trotting around Italy on a donkey to complete commissions for Italy’s great noble families. A gifted mathematician and geometer, his work is imbued with an astonishing degree of accurate perspective which even today draws the viewer into his paintings. Hanging from the chancel ceiling a giant 12th Century rood cross depicts a gaunt, yellow Christ enduring the Crucifixion. The image is the very essence of austere medieval art, but move behind the cross and you enter a sumptuous world of Renaissance pageantry. In the 1990s the frescoes underwent extensive restoration and Susanna spent 3 years on the project. However before she begins her commentary, she has a confession to make.
“You know, when I started, I didn’t even like early Renaissance painting, but after 3 years, well, I now consider Piero della Francesca an old friend.”
She tells us about the Legend of the True Cross; it was the Da Vinci Code of the Middle Ages, a rollicking saga taken from Jacobus de Voragine’s 13th Century bestseller The Golden Legend.It begins with Adam and the Tree of Temptation and ends in 627 AD with the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius riding into battle against the Persians. Each of the frescoes bears the hallmark of the artist’s genius. Bold classical architectural frames and naturalistic Tuscan landscapes imbue an almost trompe l’oeil 3 D perspective into the frescoes, an effect enhanced by mathematically precise depictions of light and shade, most evident in his beautiful rendering of fabrics. But it is the faces of the characters that are most striking"[...]
A week after I arrive back in London I pop into the National Gallery to have a look at the 3 Piero della Francesca’s in the collection. To reach room sixty-six, where the frescoes are housed I walk through galleries of static Medieval saints peering inscrutably out of golden Gothic frames. Finally in room sixty-six I’m greeted by Piero’s delightful Nativity featuring egg shell blue skies, Tuscan landscapes and faces expressing simple human emotions. Thinking back to what Susannah told me in the Basilica of San Francesco, I too feel as if I’ve stumbled across an old friend".
words Neil Geraghty
Fact Box
The trip was hosted and organised by the Terre di Piero Project, a joint project from the Emilia Romagna, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria regions. For more information, go to
Susanna Buricchi, Phd Art Historian and author, is the founder of Artours which organises cultural and art tours around Florence, Siena and Arezzo. For more information please contact:
email: [email protected]

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