Donatello on country life

Town or country – what’s your preference?  In his biography of the renaissance sculptor Donatello, Charles Avery describes him hurrying back to Florence after a year on a farm in the Tuscan countryside. The reason? He found conversation in the country was just too dull. His neighbour, he complained, was ‘pestering him every third day, now because the wind had unroofed his dovecote, now because his cattle had been seized by the Commune for taxes and now because a storm had robbed him of his wine and his fruit’.

Florence Episode 08

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