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Further reflections from Florence

November 1, 2010

This marble statue by Michelangelo Pistoletto took a while to track down. I didn’t know its name, or that of the sculptor, and (oddly enough!) most google searches for statues in Florence yield the slightly more famous things people queue up at 7.30 a.m. to see. Eventually I retraced our route on the map and found the roundabout where this statue stands.

It’s called Dietrofront, Italian for ‘about turn’. The upright figure faces away from Florence, towards the countryside, noticeably the more beautiful of the two figures and apparently representing wholesome country virtues such as hard work, simplicity, honesty etc etc… The less attractive, horizontal figure faces into the city, and apparently represents nasty, gnarled city values like avarice, deceit, materialism and all that jazz. Note who is supporting who.

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