The English writer , John Ruskin ( art critic ,poet ,peinter ) , born in my beloved London in 1918, visited Pistoia in 1845 .
He was really impressed by the Church of San Giovanni fuorcivitas ( this Latin word means outside of the city but at the present it is considered THE city heart ) and he wrote about this church as example of ‘living architecture’ &
‘the most graceful and grand piece of Romanesque work , as a fragment , in north Italy ‘
This is my favourite Church since I was a teenager & were used to stop here before goung to school to pray ( usually I didn’t study a lot …)when I was worried about the oral text !
The Madonna ‘s statue to whom I was devoted is a young Maria ( as me at that time ) & made by Luca della Robbia ,the sculptor known for his Terra-cotta roundels & who developped a pottery glazed style like this work is titled:
‘ the visitation ‘ dated 1445. This white tin-glazed terra cotta statue represents the biggest dimension work of the artist.
Love the young Maria’s face vs the Elisabeth old one & the same feeling shared : worried about maternity & their future life….as every woman especially when pregnant!
Another reason to visit Pistoia, enjoy😌👍👏