Author: Oonagh Stransky

Oonagh Stransky is a translator of Italian literature and a producer of EVOO. Read about her work here:
December 7, 2020
CULTUREThe Tuscan Times

Pietro Lorenzetti Arezzo altarpiece restored to glory

Back in May 2016, I wrote an article for this newspaper about the restoration of Pietro Lorenzetti’s Arezzo altarpiece from 1320 by RICERCA Restauro, a group of three women who have been working together for the past thirty years. At the time, only one company had made a donation to their efforts. Now, four and […]
February 2, 2017

A chat with Elise Chapin

Before Elise Chapin and I ever met, our mothers were friends. Looking back on their era—the late 50s and 60s in Somerset County, New Jersey—their lives seems so distant from our own: debutante parties and dressmakers, fox hunting and fancy sandwiches, home economics and hired help. They were well educated, well traveled and well heeled. […]
October 10, 2016

As good as gold: Piero della Francesca

Patti Smith sings about Piero della Francesca in “Constantine’s Dream”. Cezanne, Seurat, De Chirico, Morandi, Guston and Hockney all found inspiration in Piero’s masterpieces. Camus sees the great artist as the first existentialist; Pasolini finds in him Marxist and homoerotic ideas; Stendhal practically gave himself a syndrome because of Piero’s work. In The English Patient […]
July 18, 2016

Busy at Bruschi

Oonagh Stransky, The Tuscan Times correspondent in Arezzo, interviews Elisabetta Bidini, the assistant director of Casa Museo Bruschi to find out what life is like behind the walls and in the courtyards of Arezzo’s most vibrant cultural centre and museum.       Oonagh Stransky: Tell me about your role at the Casa Museo Bruschi. […]

Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo

Take out your corsets, doublets, pantaloons and gowns. Don your jester hat. Get ready for the Arezzo Saracen joust: the most riveting historical sporting event to celebrate horses, men in tights, pageantry and general bedlam since Monty Python and the Holy Grail.     Since the 1300s Arezzo has offered its citizens two jousts per […]
July 2, 2016

How to be Nobile

THE PACT Town mayor Andrea Rossi and Andrea Natalini, president of the Consortium of Vino Nobile producers, signed a pact with Qualità e Sviluppo Rurale and Marconi University in Rome to create a platform and set up a scientific laboratory in Montepulciano that would allow them to quantify how much carbon dioxide is released into […]
June 30, 2016

Ma l’amor mio non muore

Most of us are used to seeing contemporary art in neutral settings—large, open spaces with abundant light and neutral décor—allowing the viewer to concentrate on the work, absorb its strength and message, be it bold or whispered.       The new exhibition at Ivan Bruschi House Museum on corso Italia in Arezzo is the complete […]
June 9, 2016

Sabatini Gin: Spirit of Tuscany

With eight of the nine botanicals used for the production of Sabatini Gin coming straight from the gardens of the Sabatini family estate in Teccognano, near Cortona, and one coming from the nearby Casentino forests, this gin captures all the essences and aromas of Tuscany.    Juniper, rosemary, lavender, thyme, iris root, coriander, wild fennel, […]
June 1, 2016
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

What to do in Arezzo: a perfect weekend

During the June 2 maxi-ponte weekend, take a day trip and get to know Arezzo. At only 1 hour 20 minutes by train from Florence Santa Maria Novella, the city offers a change of pace with something for everyone.     On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, the streets will be lined with Fiera […]
May 20, 2016

Pietro Lorenzetti altarpiece restoration in Arezzo

A plucky team of professional art restorers in Arezzo have recently decided to open their laboratory for a rare and valuable opportunity to witness the restoration of a fourteenth-century Pietro Lorenzetti altarpiece and to talk to the restorers—an experience that would, in any other circumstance, take place behind museum walls.     RICERCA studios, headed […]