Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Florence Day 4

On day 4 of Florence we went to the Pitti Palace which was incredible. The rooms were so highly decorated for the paintings to the furniture and wallpaper. Each room had beautiful ceiling paintings and the paintings we looked at were Raphael's Madonna and Child with St John (Madonna della Seggiola) and Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith. These paintings are well known. I did not actually spend much time in this place as i really wanted to see Donatello David in a different museum so i quickly rushed over there before it closed but sadly missed it by 10 minutes so went and saw the Mona Lisa of Florence, Michelangelo's David. I queued for an hour in the rain and have never really studied this sculpture so had no idea what to expect from it. I was amazed by the marble sculpture mainly due to its monumental size. We couldn't take any photos in any of the major galleries so i do not have one of David. The David is located in the Accademia Gallery and is definitely worth a visit just for the David as the artists ability to create such a monumental sculpture is incredible!
These gates are by Ghiberti and called the Gates of Paradise, is an 8 paneled door, each gold relief sculpture depicting an old testament story such as Cain and Abel and Moses. The gates are fantastic and look so impressive when seeing them for the first time! I loved these gates and they are right opposite Brunelleschi;s Cathedral. After seeing a lot of Florence we left the next day but i had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about Renaissance art which was good for me as i am much more into modern and contemporary art!

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