It seemed like a good idea to try Lugano next. It’s a bigger town with more museums than Ascona, there might be a chance we’d stumble upon something by Julius Bissier there.
We had a good view of Lugano from the Balcony of Italy on top of Monte Sighignola.
Then later down in the town we looked back and the mountain had a good view of us.
It’s the building in the background, behind this olive tree. In the foreground, in the shade of the tree, there’s a cool place for a lie down and around the corner there’s a tree that just can’t quite stand up.
Then too late, I realised we must have walked right past our best chance of an encounter with a Julius Bissier painting. Somehow we’d completely missed the Museo Cantonale d’Arte. Maybe it was closed.
But instead we chanced upon the medieval church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, a plain building on the outside but decorated inside with a monumental fresco of the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ, painted in 1529 by Bernadino Luini. The sun shines down and the angels watch over Santa Maria.
On the waterfront a line dangled from a tree, a fish out of water hanging like a caterpillar on a thread.