4th March 2022
Piero Della Francesca lived in Tuscany and his paintings often reflect the local countryside. At this time chestnut trees were common in this mountainous region and the chestnut itself was a staple part of the people’s diet, as it could be ground into a flour to make bread – known as ‘pane di legno’ or tree bread.
Here in the middle of this picture is a tall tree that might be a chestnut tree or maybe a walnut tree. Perhaps it is a reminder of Jesus’s words, ‘I am the Bread of Life.’
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, King of the universe, who brought forth bread from the earth.
Ha-Mitzi blessing for bread.