Not long back from a tour of Umbria. Quite an art fest, with visits to Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Cortona, Montefalco, and Spello, a return to Orvieto to see Signorelli's wonderful devils, and back also to Arezzo and Sansepolcro, over the border in Tuscany. My mind is now whirling away with ideas for art-threads. The highlights? San Francesco in Assisi of course: The San Damiano Crucifix; The Fra Angelico Annunciation in Cortona; Gozzoli's St Francis Cycle in Montefalco; Pinturicchio in S Maria Maggiore in Spello; Signorelli, and Piero in Sansepolco and Arezzo. Oh, and the superb art gallery in Perugia and the Nobile Collegio del Cambio next door.
One observation relating to my comments on 'Fake or Fortune'. The frescoes in the upper church at Assisi were painted solely and undoubtedly, by Giotto. So there. Thus spake all guides, (though not our excellent guide), guidebooks and postcards. Anyone who dares to suggest there is any doubt about this will be chased out of the place by a furious phalanx of Franciscan Monks. Well, of course there is doubt; Giotto was certainly involved, but, unlike the Scrovegni chapel in Padua, there just isn't the documentary evidence to make it clear who else may have contributed and by how much. Sadly, though, this isn't the story tourists in Assisi want to hear.