Art: Discovery in Milan

"Milan and her lands never produced a painter even approaching the first rank," wrote famed Art Critic Bernard Berenson. "She lacked genius." The failing of Milan artists, in Berenson's critical view: "Prettiness, with its overtones of gentleness and sweetness, formed, as it were, the primordial substance of Milanese painting. Like an infinite ocean of soap-bubbles, it covered even the most salient figures with a formless iridescence."

Last week in Milan's 13th century Church of San Marco a dedicated Milanese restorer, pretty Pinin Brambilla, 31, was finishing the task of uncovering an unsuspected fresco...

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