Within Tuscany: Reflections on a Time and Place

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Unlike any other account of the region, Matthew Spender's Within Tuscany is a rich combination of personal observation and historical inquiry which will delight the discerning reader and traveler. Spender's meditations on his chosen homeland of twenty years are fired with intelligence, humor, and an overriding sense of the palpability of the past. He is captivated in turn by trace memories of the Etruscans subjected to Roman cultural genocide, by the obsessive diaries of Pontormo and the ancient practice of ...
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Overview

Unlike any other account of the region, Matthew Spender's Within Tuscany is a rich combination of personal observation and historical inquiry which will delight the discerning reader and traveler. Spender's meditations on his chosen homeland of twenty years are fired with intelligence, humor, and an overriding sense of the palpability of the past. He is captivated in turn by trace memories of the Etruscans subjected to Roman cultural genocide, by the obsessive diaries of Pontormo and the ancient practice of extracting oil from olives; by the burning of Savonarola and by the sound of bees mourning their lost queen. Together with family, or accompanied by the mischievous archaeologist Vittoria, he encounters the Magus of Montecapraia, filmmakers from Rome, a funeral party, the leader of the local band, and many craftsmen who still follow traditions that have endured for two millennia. Spender in extraordinary detail writes of the battle of Montaperti in 1260, when for the last time the Sienese defeated the Florentines, with the help of Florentine exiles. Dante describes the river Arbia on the boundary between the two contestants at Montaperti as "colored red with blood." The passions which this archaic rivalry evoke are still present in modern Tuscany. Matthew Spender's eloquent memoir explores the interfusion of violence and gentleness, turbulence and great civility, in an incomparably vivid portrait.

In an informative and entertaining book, sculptor Matthew Spender takes readers on a captivating tour of his adopted homeland, Tuscany--a region unsurpassed in a richness of history, artistry, and culture. "A rare delight."--The Boston Globe. Photographs.

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Living since 1967 with his artist wife and their two Italian-born daughters on a farm near Siena, sculptor Spender (the son of British poet Stephen) centers these diverting vignettes and essays on one of his adopted country's historically and culturally richest provinces. With pithy anecdotes and an artist's sensibilities, the author evokes Michelangelo's mining of marble from the Servavezza quarries; the seaside resort of Viareggio, which witnessed several of the most dramatic episodes of Shelley's and Byron's lives; and many other areas of Tuscany's infinitely varied countryside, much of it ``carved by hand.'' His astute, empathetic, often witty portraits of neighbors, peasants, skilled artisans, notaries and priests--some of them fellow members of the village band in which he plays the clarinet--humanize the landscapes he draws so lovingly, bringing to life names and places listed in guidebooks. Photos. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140178388
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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