Valtiberina and Arezzo, lands of artisans and painters

Tuscany is the birthplace of the Renaissance , a historical period that began in Italy, with already quite precise characteristics around the mid-14th century, but which established itself definitively in the following century. It was characterized by a philological reception of the Greek and Latin classics, by the revival of letters and arts, of science and, more generally, of culture.

One of the pivotal artists of this period was Piero della Francesca . It was defined el monarcha de la painting by the mathematician Luca Pacioli, his friend, and with those words he intended to pay homage to the stature of the great painter. His painting made of harmony and geometricism, luminous, prospectively calibrated on a mathematically set, rational construction, measured in every single detail, has fascinated generations of art lovers. In particular in Monterchi we can admire some of his masterpieces, including The Madonna del parto : a fresco made between about 1455-1465, and kept in a specially prepared museum in Monterchi, coming from the chapel of Santa Maria di Momentana.

The Arezzo area also offers a rich history of tradition linked to craft activities, including the goldsmith's art . The latter in the province of Arezzo dates back to the Etruscan civilization. The museums of Arezzo and the province, in particular Cortona, host various testimonies of Etruscan goldsmith art dating back to the 6th century BC. The artisan jewelery shops in Arezzo flourished in the 14th century on commission from the lords of the area; they soon reached the papacy, thus specializing in religious production. Overall, the Arezzo goldsmith district now has about 1,200 companies with an employment area of about 8,000 employees. The processing still follows ancient manual procedures: embossing, engraving, fretwork, investment casting or mold.

In Anghiari , on the other hand, the Busatti family has been handcrafting natural fibers of linen, wool, hemp and cotton since 1842, creating fabrics that perpetuate the popular peasant and Renaissance tradition, but on which the search for new processes, colors and finishes is grafted, without never betray the quality. The company has been owned by the same family for eight generations, guaranteeing respect and continuity of values. The high quality yarns are entirely processed in Italy. The dyeing takes place in yarn and not in the piece, for a greater hold and duration of the color.

If what you are looking for is a trip of a few days in the name of Renaissance culture, we have what you are looking for! Take a look at our 2-day program: ANCIENT TRADES, BETWEEN VALTIBERINA AND AREZZO .

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