Art: Priests at Play

Red, white and black—especially black—are the favorite colors of Nino Caffé. But for a long time, working away at still lifes, landscapes and portraits, he had small chance to use them. Then one day Caffé looked out of his window in Urbino and saw young black-frocked Italian seminarians roughhousing in a courtyard. He has concentrated ever since on painting Italy's young priests.

In Florence last week, where he was having a one-man show, Caffé was a clear success. His pictures of fledgling priests skipping rope, gossiping, romping on the beach, or playing mosca cieca†...

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