Tag: St. Francis of Assisi

Giotto’s Frescoes Foretell Scientific Breakthroughs

The Middle Ages were coming to an end. Its art presented holy beings in a golden, heavenly realm. The Renaissance then burst onto the scene, and it was time for great art to appear on earth, followed by exciting discoveries in science. Renaissance artists depicted spiritual figures, but they placed them in natural settings and…


1 of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Architecture in the World: Brazil’s Church of St. Francis of Assisi

The former gold-mining town of Brazil’s Ouro Preto is rich in Portuguese architectural treasures. The remote and rugged hillside town was built in the late 17th century, after gold was discovered in the region in 1693. At the height of the region’s gold rush, 60 percent of the world’s gold came from Ouro Preto, but by…