An unexpected adventure has led me to Florence. Who am I to say no?
So now I am wandering with a vague plan in mind, meeting old friends, seeing them anew.
Here is a photo essay, with details to follow when I stop wandering and start writing.
What is there to say about Michelangelo’s David, that has not ben penned a thousand times down the centuries? The setting is perfect – plus there are so many other of his works to see, as well as paintings by Botticelli, Lippi, Fra Bartolommeo, some Byzantine works…
One of delights of the Uffizi (and there are so many) is having a break at the upstairs cafe. It offers one of the best views over Florence (plus there were baby sparrows to feed!) Now, onto Leonardo…
Some other discoveries in the Uffizi: a display of the process of restoring Leonard’s Adoration of the Magi. I also found this Farnese Hercules, made at much the same time as the giant statue on display in the Archeological Museum in Naples; the original, by Lysippos in the 4c BCE has been lost.
Then there is the magical view of the Vasari corridor as it joins the Ponte Vecchio. Unfortunately, the corridor is currently closed. Next time!
This is one of my favourite Fra Lippo Lippi paintings. She was a novice in a convent – is it any wonder while, still a monk, Lippi seduced her while working on a commission there? The baby is probably Filippino Lippi, their son, who also became a famous painter. I love the cheeky smile of the angel who, unusually for the time, looks out of the painting towards me.
The cells at San Marco were painted by Beato Angelico in the early 1400’s, and flood the convent with peace and tranquility. The adjoining church has a similar feel – aside from this long dead cardinal asleep beneath a side altar, we were the only visitors.
Which reminds me – time for some lunch before continuing my adventures.
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