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Donatello's Mary Magdalena
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.
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- Historical Travel
Visit the Uffizi Gallery....
Favorite thing: Visit the Uffizi Gallery. 'Uffizi' means 'offices' - the building was meant for them. Later they turned the 3rd floor into one of the greatest art galleries in the world. When I was there some halls were closed because of the act of terrorism that took place some years before.
Fondest memory: It is not necessary to say that in numerous halls of the Gallery you'll feast your eyes with the works of great masters.
PHOTO : THE STATUE OF DAVID...
PHOTO : THE STATUE OF DAVID AT PIAZZA MICHELANGELO...
Among the sculptures by Michelangelo are DAVID and the four PRISONERS. The latter were begun for the ill fated tomb of JULIUS II in Rome, but were never completed. Michelangelo's DAVID originally stood in front of the Palazzo Vecchio at the beginning of the 16th century....not sure why they move it to a new location. It was moved to the Galleria and was replaced by the copy which now stands in its original location.
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)
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Explore the 3 sets of doors in the Baptistery
Favorite thing: 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.
- Family Travel
The David statue by...
Favorite thing: The David statue by Michelangelo Buonarrotti. The statues original location was on Piazza della Signoria, it was removed from there to protect this marvelous piece of art. Actually the statue was badly damaged during riots when Michelangelo was still alive. Someone through stones out of one of the windows of the Palazzo Vecchio and one arm broke off, it was 'glued' on again by Michelangelo itself. You can still see the crack in the marble when you visit the original in the Academia. This is really a must, the copy is nice and you get a pretty nice impression of it but it can by far not be compared with the beauty of the original. I've been in there about 10 times and can never get enough of looking at it. If you want to avoid standing in line to get in, go after 6 p.m. then the big german, japaneese etc. groups are gone and you get in pretty fast.
Fondest memory: I miss just everything when I'm not in Florence. My friends, the food, the wine, the beautiful sculptures, paintings and buildings, shopping, going out, the weather..
..I could just keep on going with this list for ages.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery,...
Favorite thing: Visit the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria , Academia (El David).
The other thing you must do is eat ice cream (gelato). When i was there i have ice cream for lunch and for dinner, is yumy and they hava a lot of different flavors.
Go inside the Uffizi and spend...
Favorite thing: Go inside the Uffizi and spend hours and hours looking at all the beautiful portraits and sculptures. Imagine a time when there were no photographs and you had to trust a very good artist to make a portrait for you...I could stand in front of one and stare at the fine details for quite awhile. By the time I got done looking at all the paintings and going through the museum, I was hungry and tired! That's me on the lower left sitting on the steps outside the museum.
Soak all the wonderful art...
Favorite thing: Soak all the wonderful art into yourself. There are statues, foutains, sculptures on buildings, beautiful churhes with excellent paintings and other treasures, museums, and just very interesting buildings all over the city.
Fondest memory: I have too many. Standing in front of the facade of the Duomo, staring at the michaelangelo painting of the Duomo dome interior, eating gelato and Italian ice.
1. The Uffizi Gallery2. ...
Favorite thing: 1. The Uffizi Gallery
2. Ponte Vecchio
3. Dinner in the main square (yes it costs too much)
4. Shop til you drop
5. View Florence from the hills above
6. The Duomo
there are too many things to list and these aren't even half of the main ones
Fondest memory: Without a doubt my fondest memory is my first view of Firenze as we came out of the train station. It was a partial view of the Duomo between sidestreets. It really stopped me in my tracks.
Perseus, by Cellini (1546-54)
Favorite thing: 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
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Visit the Piazza della...
Favorite thing: Visit the Piazza della Signoria. Many of the statues found in this area commemorate the city's major historical events. For example, the Fontana di Nettuno was erected in 1575 to remember battles won by the Tuscan Navy. Michelangelo symbolizes triumph over tyranny.
Fondest memory: On one of my trips to Florence I was lucky to see an exhibition of modern statues placed in the Piazza della Signoria. My friend and I had a great time imitating their poses. It was really nice to see modern art amidst the old.
Florence is the city of arts,...
Favorite thing: Florence is the city of arts, culture, and the Renaissance. There is so much to see--outdoors and at the museums--that it is overhwhelming. keep in mind for the museums that most are closed on Mondays and that if you want to see the real David, you should plan correctly. this is a copy on Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.
ucbwalker's General Tip
Fondest memory: Visiting the Uffizi, of course. Don't let those long lines discourage you. This is one of the finest museums in the world, and the best with respect specifically to the Renaissance. It's easy to spend an hour in the roomful of Botticellis alone. The Uffizi is the real reason to come to Firenze.
Favorite thing: 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.
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