Art, architecture, history, travel

More Rome, Florence 1974 part 10

The Church Militant and the Church Triumphant ...

The Church Militant and the Church Triumphant by Andrea da Firenze (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Annunciation, painted by Fra Angelico (1387-14...

Annunciation, painted by Fra Angelico (1387-1455) (Florence) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella with the trinity by Masaccio Florence, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A vertical panorama of a copy of the ...

English: A vertical panorama of a copy of the statue of David by Michelangelo on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. Nederlands: Een verticaal panorama van het standbeeld van David door Michelangelo op het Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italië. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The equestrian statue to Cosimo I de' Medici, ...

The equestrian statue to Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, by Giambologna, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Medici

Medici (Photo credit: Groume)

7/6 Saturday Rome

http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/img/david.jpg

I am starting to like Ann.  Mike says she is too good for me, but what does he know.

Left Rome for Florence via Sienna.  Sienna was a nice place but somehow I got the feeling I saw all there was to see in the few hours we were there.  How ridiculous!  In Sienna I could definitely see the hills.  I liked the head of St. Catherine.  I guess one of the disadvantages to being a saint is having your body cut up and parts sent to different churches after you die.

7/7 Sunday Florence

The façade of Santa Maria Novella, completed b...

The façade of Santa Maria Novella

The façade of Santa Maria Novella, completed by Leon Battista Alberti in 1470. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First day in Florence.  It is a beautiful city.  Went on a tour this morning.  First stop was the galleria dell’accademia.  This gallery contains the original of Michelangelo’s David (moved there in 1873).  It also contains another of Michelangelo’s pieta’s.  The four unfinished prisoner statues, also by Michelangelo, help give a better understanding of the way by which a sculptor transforms a chunk of rock into a beautiful statue.  Next we went to the monastery of San Marco. http://www.paradoxplace.com/Perspectives/Italian%20Images/Montages/Firenze/San%20Marco.htm  This building was first a Dominican monastery, work 1437-1452.  Michelozzo built it for Cosimo de Medici.  The frescoes were done by Fra Angelico.  There we also saw the cells of Savonarola, Fra Bartolomeo and Cosimo de Medici.  We saw the home of the foundlings, which was the first Renaissance building.

Next we went to the Medici chapel.  Almost all of the Medici’s are buried here. http://gallery.euroweb.hu/html/m/michelan/1sculptu/medici/0view.html

The palazzo vecchio http://www.mega.it/eng/egui/monu/spvecch.htm

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/micheldavid/side.jpg used to be the town hall of Florence, but today it is used as a museum.  It houses the famous statue the Wrestlers by Rossi a student of Michelangelo, showing Hercules wrestling another man, Diomedes.  For some unknown reason no male can view this statue without experiencing a sense of pain.

Michelangelo’s David stood outside the palazzo vecchio in the piazza signoria  until the 19th century, when it was moved indoors to the academy and replaced by a copy.

The food here is really good and the place is nice too.  We are staying at a pensione run by nuns.  They do all the cooking.  A specialty of Florence is unsalted bread.  After lunch we took a walking tour of Florence.  We visited the Duomo and baptistery. The Duomo was constructed between 1296 and 1436 in the Romanesque and Gothic styles.  The baptistery  is Romanesque and is the oldest building in Florence.  The doors of the baptistery contain the gates of paradise all done by Ghiberti.  The south door depicts the life of John the Baptist.  The north door shows the life of Christ and the east door depicts scenes of the Old Testament.  Including: expulsion from Eden, Cain and Abel, Noah, Sacrifice of Abraham, Joseph, Moses and the Queen of Sheba meeting Solomon.

Then we went to Santa Maria Novella with the trinity by Masaccio. http://www.studyworld.com/newsite/ReportEssay/SocialIssues/Religion%5CMasaccio__the_Holy_Trinity-34948.htm  This fresco shows Christ on the cross with God above him and the holy ghost appears as a bird and it is hard to see at first, because it looks like a collar around God’s neck.  There are two saints on the sides of the fresco.  This is a Renaissance painting because of its dimensions, looks 3d, perspective, colors and sense of realism; typical of Renaissance works.  Next to the church of Santa Croce (Holy cross), which is another Gothic church.  This one has a beautiful wooden roof, because the people ran out of money, while building it.  It contains the tombs of famous people including Michelangelo and Galileo.

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