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            It is Christmas Day and I leave for Italy in a few hours. I am going by myself but I will not be alone. The spirits of the Italian Renaissance masters that I have been writing about and studying for years will surely be with me.

Definition of RENAISSANCE according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

a : the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science

b : the period of the Renaissance

c : the neoclassic style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance

d: a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity

e: rebirth, revival

            Starting with Giotto and Dante during the pre-Renaissance, then into the early Renaissance with Donatello, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, Joan of Arc and Christopher Columbus, and to the high Renaissance with Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Veronese and Caravaggio. Gutenberg invented the printing press around 1440 and changed the course of the world, making it a smaller place and paving the way for this very blog post. They were painters, sculptors, architects, musicians, inventors, scientists and dreamers.  And of course, writers like me.

            I am going to Italy by myself but I will not be alone. Surely, a Renaissance awaits.

            Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Merry Christmas,

Jo