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Italy 2019 - Firenze

Taxi in the piazza which was packed on Republic Day.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unprecedented in Italian sculpture. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. <wiki>

Looking for the fun to start. This was steps away from my AirB&B generously hosted by Daniela Cresti.

Three-D from the Renaissance. The Porta del Paradiso, in Italian, was created by Florentine goldsmith and sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti between 1425 and 1452 and installed in the eastern portal of the Baptistery. The workmanship of panels demonstrates that the Florentine artists had mastered linear perspective and the classical idiom by the early 15th century.

Duomo from the tower. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Perhaps Donatello’s landmark work – and one of the greatest sculptural works of the early Renaissance – was his bronze statue of David. This work signals the return of the nude sculpture in the round figure, and because it was the first such work like this in over a thousand years, it is one of the most important works in the history of western art. <wiki>

Tower (torre) view of the front spire of Duomo.

Brancussi work in the piazza provided a good contrast of old and new.

As advertised, the stop in Firenze amazed me with the depth of offerings and was too short. High-quality music filled the air day and night.

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