For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery—back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.
~ D. H. Lawrence
The traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it.
~ E. M. Forster
(Masaccio's Expulsion from the Garden of Eden,
part of the fresco cycle in the Brancacci Chapel
in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine,
"sometimes called the Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance")