Where to find Great Works of Art, Florence
This statue depicts the moment after Perseus has cut off the head of Medusa to free Andromeda.-
Esta escultura plasma el momento posterior a que Perseo haya cortado la cabeza de Medusa para liberar a Andromeda
Favorite thing: This sculpture and many others can be found at the cloisters in Santa Croce. Also at Santa Croce is the world famous leather school. I do not have good notes about this piece of sculpture and I have tried researching on the internet unsuccessfully. If anyone knows any information about the statue I would be glad to note your comments in this tip.
Favorite thing: This unusual work by Donatello is found in the Museum Della Opera. It has a beauty and also an oddness about it on first view. I found it haunting and came back to it several times until I finally came to fully appreciate it.
Favorite thing: This is the Baptism of Jesus found in the Museum Della Opera next to the Duomo. This piece stands in a hallway by itself and is not displayed very well. However when we came across it we had to stop and take in the beauty of the work. There was a stairway across from it and we were able to get pictures of it from several different angles as well as from overhead on the stairway.
Favorite thing: This is another of my favorite statues in Florence. I have always like the myth about Perseo and this statue with him holding the head of Medusa tells the story very dramatically. This is found in the Signoria Square where there are numerous statues and copies of statues. This particular statue has been in Signoria Square for over 400 years. However in 1993 there was a terrorist explosion near Signoria Square at the Ufizzi Gallery. A car bomb exploded and the statue broke into thousands of pieces. It took eight years to restore the damaged statue. But it is back in the square today and I am glad I had a chance to see it.
Favorite thing: As I stated in the previous tip the Boboli Gardens are huge and have a very steep incline. When you first enter the gardens and climb the first set of steps it appears you have reached the top of the gardens. At the top of the steps is this beautiful statue. However you are not at the top of the gardens yet. Beyond this there is another steep hill and lots of climbing to do. But it is worth the climb. The gardens are exceptional.
Favorite thing: This statue of Dante stands just outside the main entrance of Santa Croce. Inside the church there are many graves and monuments. This history found inside this church is amazing. One of the graves inside the church is Dante's. I was literally overwhelmed walking amoung the crypts and monuments inside this church. Michaelanglo, Dante, and Galileo are just a few of the people whose crypts are within the walls of this church.
Favorite thing: While we were in the Boboli Gardens I wanted to find the statue of Baccus on the back of the turtle. I collect turtles and try to find souvineers with turtles on them when I travel. Its one of those strange things the guys in hats do when they travel. I saw a picture in a guide book of this statue at the Boboli Gardens and just had to have my picture taken with it. However we could not find it at the gardens. We did not buy a guide for the gardens. That was our first mistake. The gardens are huge with a very steep incline. After climbing the hills and and walking all over the gardens we were still unable to find the statue of Baccus. Finally exhausted we decided to give up our hunt and leave. On our way to the exit we found Baccus. He was located right next to the exit gates of the garden. Lesson to be learned from this: BUY A GUIDE BOOK.
Explore the 3 sets of doors in the Baptistery:
1) South Doors by Andrea Pisano with STORIES OF THE LIFE OF THE BAPTIST & ALLEGORIES OF THE VIRTUES.
2) North Doors by Ghiberti with STORIES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENTS, EVANGELISTS & DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH.
3) East Doors (GATES OF PARADISE), Ghiberti's masterpiece with STORIES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENTS, commissioned by the Arte dei Mercanti in 1425.
Gates of Paradise are divided into 10 panels:
L1. Creation of Adam & Eve
L2. Noah & his family offering sacrifice after having left the ark
L3. Birth of Esau & Jacob. Sale of the birthright of the 1st born.
L4. Moses receives the Tables of the Law.
L5. Battle against the Philistines. David kills Goliath.
R1. Sacrifice of Cain & Abel. Cain kills Abel. God reproves Cain.
R2. The Angels appear to Abraham.
R3. Joseph sold to the merchants.
R4. The people of Israel in the River Jordan. The Fall of Jericho.
R5. Solomon receives the Queen of Sheba.
Favorite thing: Pose next to the very famous bronze figures cast from the original sculptures by MICHELANGELO (DAVID & the 4 ALLEGORICAL STATUES that decorate the Medici tombs in the New Sacresty of San Lorenzo)
stay on Piazza della Signoria to see the Palazzo Ducale and to visit the Museum Uffici Gallery which contents some marvellous works of the Italian Renaissance.
Fondest memory: Have a look at the David of Michel Ange (a bit small on the photograph). Its body proportions are volontarily wrong to give a good impression viewed from the feets of the statue.
Throughout Florence, you will without a doubt see this peculiar shield with six balls prominently displayed on buildings all over town. It is the family crest of the Medici, the most famous family in Florence.
For more information on the history of the Medici family go to this site:
Michelangelo was born March 6, 1475
His father placed him in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio.
His father had connections with the Medici family (ruling family of Florence). After 2 years of studying art, he was invited to the household of Lorenzo de Medici.
His most famous sculpture is David, which was made between 1501 and 1504. It is the symbol of Florence and is 14.24 feet tall (4.34m). It was originally placed in the Piazza della Signoria in from of the Pallazo Vecchio.
Fondest memory: Seeing Michaelangelos only painting. Unfortunately, like the Sisteen Chapel, security will not let you take a picture of it.
YOU MUST SEE IT YOURSELF, it is very special and valuable piece of art.
Don't miss the Baptistery doors. The Door of Paradise was carved by Ghiberti and is located at Piazza San Giovanni.
this is one of the oldest buildings in Firenze. the three sets of gilded bronze doors were the artists' way of giving Firenze a voice about the deliverance of plague.
Favorite thing: The Boboli Gardens are just behind the Pitti Palace. They are very large and have some very steep hills. Be prepared for lots of walking and lots of climbing. But they are worth the efforts. The art work combined with the gardens are very beautiful. Also there are some unusual sculptures and pieces of sculptures throughout the gardens. This one pictured here really caught my interest.