Art: Behind the Fagade

Behind the Facade

From the days of the Medici, Florence has been a city of treasures that every eye could see. In one direction was a chapel by Michelangelo, in another a dome by Brunelleschi; here was a bronze door by Ghiberti, there a statue by Donatello. But these were only a part of Florence's great legacy.

After 20 years of interviewing the city's rich and noble families for La Nazione Italiana, Journalist Giorgio Batini, 37, became haunted by the splendor of the private collections that ordinary people were never allowed to see. One day...

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