Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BONGIORNO! watercolor

Bongiorno! watercolor, 11x15 in.

While having breakfast  in Assisi, I meditate on the city's history: The first indication of a town inside the walls of Assisi date back to the 6th century B.C. The Etruscans, then the Romans, influenced the area greatly. The Goths, then the Byzantines, the Longobards had wars over it, conquering and losing the town one after the other. In the 12th C. it became an independent commune, and fights between Assisi and Perugia began....and continue up to this day! Assisi not only gave birth to the famous St. Francis (of Assisi) and St. Clare, or "Santa Chiara"in Italian, but also to artists and writers like the poet Sesto Properzio, and painters Tiberio d'Assisi and Dono Doni.

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