Mass this morning.
Visits to the Medici chapel and San Lorenzo.
The Duomo and Baptistry.
I have a Novus Ordo comment concerning the Duomo. Later.
[... It's later now. Here is the the above mentioned "Novus Ordo thought". On the one side of the painted dome is Christ triumphant. At the opposite side of the dome is the Enemy, Satan. Christ is at the exact right place in the painting in cupola - Brunelleschi's Dome - so that when in the older, traditional form of Holy Mass for centuries the priest/bishop said Mass at the main altar, when He raised his eyes heavenward, he would look straight through the Host and at Christ, triumphant. But if you turn the altar around.... I'm just making an observation, of course.]
I live this sign.
Tomb of John XXIII… really.
This is the tomb of John XXIII the anti-pope, of course. He was the last “John” before 1958. Of course some wags today say that, were they to be elected Pope, they would choose the name John XXIII. That is polemical, however.
I had fiocchetti di pera con taleggio ed asparagi.
This is guinea-fowl in wine and pomegranate.
Great restaurant. Some if the bill went to a children’s hospital.
I am about to visit Santa Croce.
Alas there is a lot of scaffolds up around the sanctuary. Still…
Just for fun here is a sweet image, a fragment from a fresco by Giovanni di Tano Fei from 1405-10 of mary, sewing with a little helper. Just can just see the Child holding threads.
In the evening we went to a place for Florentine steak.
Before and after,
… and after after.
I got out my own pocket knife to clean up the bone a bit more. And then I cleaned up a couple other bones as well. What a gift.
Items are included for scale.
This one served 4 of us. Magnificent.
I also had a chance to speak with the director of a new Catholic sacred art school in Florence, soon to be opening a new branch in New York City. This is a cool project and I will write about it in a separate post. In the meantime, check out:
Imagine studying art from a Catholic perspective, based on the theology of the body and works such as Joseph Ratzinger’s Spirit of the Liturgy.