I thought that the onslaught of humanity I encountered in Rome would somehow be relieved in Florence. Rome could be excused due to it being Easter weekend. If anything Florence was worse. Battalions of tour groups crisscrossed seemingly every block of the city in search of the next attraction. I was here about ten years ago and I don’t remember it being like this.
Frankly it was oppressive. Miserable old ladies from God knows where would constantly come up to you shaking their plastic change cups in your face. There was a guy in a filthied up raincoat and no slacks or socks that was clearly a costume meant to make him look mentally ill. He was out and about the next day with a special addition of straw perched atop his head, like that was supposed to make the thing more convincing somehow.
Thank goodness for my amazing hostel which was a calm refuge from what was otherwise an overwhelming deluge of torrential tourism.
GIAMBOLOGNA – Rape of the Sabines – 1582
MICHELANGELO – David – 1502/1504
“Nor has there ever been seen a pose so fluent, or a gracefulness equal to this, or feet, hands and head so well related to each other with quality, skill and design.” With these words Giorgio Visari attempts to define the reasons behind the marvel that the vision of David provokes in the observer. He continues by stating that the statue so far surpasses both in beauty and technique ancient and modern statuary that one needn’t bother seeing other works in sculpture.
Cosimo de Medici – He was the first Medici family member to control Florence.
Io Gasto Medici
Lorenzo de Medici – Lorenzo the Great
Giotto di BONDONE – Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints – 1306/1310
One of the first Renaissance paintings to utilize perspective.
Filippo LIPPI – Madonna and Child with Two Angels – 1460/1465
This is his most celebrated work which is remarkable for its freshness and its natural spontaneity.
BOTTICELLI – The Birth of Venus – 1485
BOTTICELLI – Madonna of the Pomegranate – 1487
Seated in his mother’s lap, the Christ Child clutches a pomegranate, a fruit with multiple symbolic meanings whose red seeds evoke the blood spilled by Jesus for mankind’s salvation.
BOTTICELLI – Madonna of the Magnificent – 1483
The Virgin crowned by angels is captured in the act of writing what is known as the Canticle of Mary: My soul doth magnify the Lord. The originality of the composition, the sophisticated elegance of the garment and hair, and Mary’s rapt and graceful features have made this one of Botticelli’s most celebrated works throughout the ages.
MICHELANGELO – The Holy Family – 1507 (?)
After viewing those breathtaking Botticelli’s, a look out the window afforded an outstanding view.
Raffaello SANZIO – Self Portrait – 1506
Leonardo DA VINCI – Annunciation – 1472
Fillipino LIPPI – Adoration of the Magi – 1496
Pasta with Truffles and Sausage
CROWDS ON THE BRIDGE
The Galileo Museum
Carlo MARCELLINI – Bust of Galileo Galilei – 1674-1677
Amici II Telescope on Left – Three Newtonian Telescopes on Right
ARMILLARY SPHERE – Florence – 1588-1593
PLANETARY CLOCK – The clocks innovative dial allows the motions of all the planets to be seen at a glance.
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
TO ART GARFUNKEL CHIA PET
NEPTUNE’S FOUNTAIN – Notice the heron awaiting his catch.