Well, I’ve done it now. I can no longer look down as I walk in the streets of Florence. Why couldn’t they have thought ahead, and put all the neat stuff at eye level during the medieval and renaissance ages? Talk about inconsiderate.
Today, this is what I found for you. It’s on one of the (upper) side walls of the Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore.
Is this the face of the cleric who was involved in the execution of the astrologer Francesco Stabili, and turned to stone for adding to the torture of the astrologer before his death by fire?
Or, is it that of a woman who mocked a condemned man as he was led to his execution? His curse was said to have turned her head to stone.
Well, one thing I know for sure, I don’t have the answer. But apparently this was carved around 1327, and there must have been a reason for it. And, it’s quite satisfying when you finally see the carving, so high on the side wall of the church.
Now, where did I put that ice-pack for my neck?