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Florence – Santa Croce and Street Scenes

I’ve got a few more photos from Florence before we leave town.  This is a collection of photos from Piazza di Santa Croce and from the street, scenes that caught my eye, and didn’t fit in with anything else.  There are a few descriptions, but mostly only photo titles. The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in […]

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Florence – Piazza della Signoria

Our tour continues to the Piazza della Signoria.  All descriptions of the buildings and statues below are from WikiPedia. Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) is the town hall of Florence and commands dominance over the Piazza della Signoria.  Construction began in 1299.  The tower rises 94 meters (308 feet) and contains a one-handed clock originally built in 1353, but replaced with a replica in 1667.  The […]

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Florence – Battistero di San Giovanni

The Battistero di San Giovanni (The Baptistery of St. John) is another masterpiece in marble.   “In the early centuries of the Church, baptisteries were often buildings separate from the main body of the church,  Those who were not yet baptized were not yet considered “citizens” of the Church, and as such received their Baptisms outside the Church, then processed into the church building in […]

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Florence – Santa Maria del Fiore – Interior

Let’s go ahead and wrap up the Duomo of Florence.  This cathedral is know for its exterior, not its interior.  However, the inside, although somewhat plain, is still very nice. However, it is known for its stained glass windows, three of which are shown below. However, I thought the dome was most beautiful. Other views of the interior. OK, so the using the word “plain” […]

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Florence – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – Exterior

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (St. Mary of the Flower) is one of Florence’s most dominant attractions.   The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century on a design of Filippo Brunelleschi. A statue to each of these important architects can be found outside to the […]

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Galleria dell’Accademia – Part 4 – Other Works

This final post from the Accademia Galleria will show other works not yet covered.  The first was an unexpected find, another of Michelangelo’s Pietas.  Apparently he sculpted several of these with the most famous housed in St. Peter’s basilica in Rome.   This version does not have the smooth, finished look of the one in Rome, but is still stunning. The gallery contains many beautiful […]

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Galleria dell’Accademia – Part 3 – Plaster Casts and Florentine Gothic

Plaster Casts Just around the corner from David is a gallery of plaster casts called Gipsoteca Bartolini (Hall of Models by Bartolini) .   The artworks exhibited here were first exhibited in Lorenzo Bartolini’s studio in Borgo San Frediano (across the River Arno).  They were meant to be models for students of art and were moved to their current location in the same arrangement where […]

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Galleria dell’Accademia – Part 2 – David

At the end of the second gallery stands the statue that everyone wants to see, Michelangelo’s David. Michelangelo was only 26 years old in 1501 when he began his work on David.  He was asked to sculpt a large-scale David from a block of marble that had been rejected by other artists and had been neglected for 25 years because of having too many imperfections.  […]

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Florence – Galleria dell’Accademia – Part 1

The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy of Florence) is an art museum in Florence, Italy, and the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David and many other wonderful pieces.  When we walked into the first gallery, the first thing we saw was the tall statue, The Rape of the Sabine Women. The Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna (Jean de Boulogne) , 1579-1583, depicts three […]

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