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Anyone who spends any time mooching around art galleries cannot fail to be struck by the quite remarkable ugliness of many infant Jesuses. Iā€™m not talking about the extreme stylisation ā€“ derived from the Byzantine tradition ā€“ of Virgin and … Continue reading

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Il Primo Orto Botanico

The Botanical Garden of the University of Padua, set up by a decree of the Republic of Venice in 1545, is the oldest in the world. Well, actually, the University of Pisa founded its in 1544, but it moved site … Continue reading

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