collection of da Vinci drawings was the dream of a lifetime.”
Always drawn to the Old Testament, Pinsker was fascinated by the Prophet Isaiah. Even though she created “Isaiah“ many years ago and had other biblical statues to choose from, she was mysteriously led to offer Rondine “Isaiah.“ Why she chose this heroic biblical figure, she still doesn’t know, but the synchronicity of her choice and the historical link to Rondine is amazing.
A giant in the Old Testament, Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah and even the other major
figure in this tale, Pontius Pilate, who scourged, beat and crucified Christ. Most interesting of all, not only did Pontius Pilate figure in this historical drama, he was a man from Arezzo, and it was said he resided in Castrum, an ancient fortress over which the city of Rondine was built in the year 1000 A.D.
La Sala Gioconda Gallery adds a major dimension to the City of Peace because it is believed that
Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa there between 1503 and 1506 while he was constructing fortifications for the town of Arezzo.
Citadella della Pace, Rondine
The celebrated Arezzo Bridge of Seven Arches, the Ponte Buriano, over the Arno River, is in the background not only of da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” but also in his equally famous “La Madonna dei Fusi” (“Madonna of the Rocks”).
How It All Began
Abandoned after World War II, the village of Rondine was resurrected
in 1968 when a small group of people, supported by the Vatican,
wanted to restore the village, its purpose being educational work and assistance to the poor.
In 1993, after 25 years of work, the President of the Association Rondine, Franco Vaccari traveled with a delegation of associates and religious authorities to meet with a Russian committee headed by Raisa Gorbachev. Their purpose was to discuss ways and means on how to stop the conflict between Russia and Chechnya.
The Rondine Association also sent a proposal to Raisa Gorbachev requesting to do a musical about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Surprisingly approved by Mrs. Gorbachev, the group performed the musical at a state function. This was significant to the Rondine Association. It proved that if an atheist country like Russia and a highly religious country like Italy could be open to one another’s ideas, people from all over the world could do the same. This meeting in Russia resulted in the formation of the International College of Rondine.
Dated: November 15, 2002