We are leaving today to drive to Ohio, where we will spend our first Christmas in many years, wrapped in the warm embrace and crazy traditions of our family. Before I go I wanted to wish you, my blog family, a hearty Buon Natale. May it be joyous and fun, however you choose to celebrate. See you when I get back!
This image is a detail of the Beffi Triptych, a three-panel painting from the National Museum of Abruzzo, currently on display in the rotunda of the National Gallery of Art. It had been housed in the Castello Spagnolo in L'Aquila, which suffered extensive damage during the region's devasting earthquake. Amazingly, the painting was only scratched; it was restored and loaned to the National Gallery in thanks for American assistance following that tragic event. It will be on display through January 6, 2010. If you make annual charitable donations, please consider giving to the Abruzzo relief fund. Money and assistance are still very much needed.
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