Since his first trip to Florence in 1987, Richard Peterson, who trained at the University of California, Berkeley, has immersed himself in the study of Florentine art. In 2002, at the urging of friends and scholars inspired by his passion and insight, he ended his longtime medical career to concentrate on writing about Italian art. He now divides his time between Berkeley and Florence, and is currently at work on a book on Roman art.
Of all the many churches and cloisters in Florence that house frescoes, the atrium of Santissima Annunziata, home of the Servites, must be counted as one of the most accessible. But what is particularly striking about a site just up the street from the Duomo is the almost complete absence