The Baptistry, Cathedral and Tower, Florence
I have not made a post for a couple of weeks as I was away recently on a ten day trip to England. My schedule was pretty full there: a five day language class (which I may write about in the future) and three days of doing photography (which I definitely plan to write about).
For now, though, I will continue to post some photos that I made with my pocket digital camera while on my trip to Italy last month. I’ve already made a post about Rome, so now here are some photos from Florence (Firenze, in Italian) – the great city of art and the Renaissance.
Florence has a very different feel from that of Rome. The latter is more spread out, with room to roam (sorry about that, folks) and with many antiquities around. Florence, on the other hand, is much more compact and closed in, with its narrow streets of medieval and Renaissance buildings.
Of course, Florence has some of the greatest art museums in the world, most notably the Uffizi Gallery, but I also went to the lesser known Bargello Museum, which is a great storehouse of sculpture and decorative arts. My last time in Florence was eight years ago, so it was great to see such iconic paintings like Botticelli’s “La Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus” again. I have these images as backgrounds for my computer screen, but what a joy it is to see the originals up close!
I should mention that I also saw and photographed what is probably Florence’s best known work of art – the statue of David by Michelangelo – but I will write about that in another blog post that I have planned.
The Cathedral and Giotto’s Tower
A locked cabinet on the Ponte Vecchio
The medieval Palazzo Vecchio
Portrait session at the Piazza della Republicca
“Perseus with the Head of Medusa” by Benvenuto Cellini on the outdoor Loggia dei Lanzi
Tourists and Fashion
At the Baptistry in front of the Cathedral
Detail of Botticelli’s “La Primavera” at the Uffizi Gallery
“The Birth of Venus” (detail) by Botticelli in the Uffizi Gallery
“The Venus of Urbino” by Titian, in the Uffizi Gallery
Tuscan sunset near Florence
Florence would seem to have its own photographers, too
Arches and Shadows
“Brutus” by Michelangelo at the Bargello Museum
Ivory Comb, French School, 14th Century at the Bargello Museum
“The Three Graces,” c. 1902 by Societa Ceramica Richard-Ginori, in the Bargello Museum