Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Florence Trip Day 2

In Florence on day 2, Monday morning, we visited the Brancacci Chapel which contained the famous frescoes by Masaccio, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Tribute Money, as well as others. Fillipino Lippi did some works in this chapel, Disputation with Simon Magus and Crucifixion of St Peter. The chapel was beautiful and had amazing artworks all over the ceiling and walls.

After seeing this chapel we to the Duomo in the day and found that it was rammed with tourists which did show how big the cathedral was on the inside. The cathedral was designed by Brunelleschi and is a must see in Florence. It is free to get inside and look around but 3 euro entrance into the crypt which i do no recommend as it shows you broken pots and skulls but there is no captions to anything in Italian or English so hard to understand what is actual remains of the crypt and whats not. The outside of the building is decorated in beautiful polychromy of mainly greens and pinks and the large clock tower to the right of the cathedral!

After looking at the cathedral we went for a drink at the Caffe Giubbe Rosse, which is where the Futurists set up their first meeting in Florence. It was really cool to be in a place where such a large art movement had their first meeting to discuss the promotion of there movement. The futurists were in the early 20th century which was where art really began to go off in all different directions. The cafe was quite expensive so only had a drink and went elsewhere for lunch!
Then we went to what i think is possibly the most famous fresco in the world, definitely in Florence, which was at the Santa Maria Novella, Masaccio's Holy Trinity, this piece definitely lived up to expectations as i have studied for many years and I was more excited to see this piece then any other piece in Florence so was very glad this was on our itinerary. Giotto's Crucifixion was also very impressive but I do not know as much about this piece as i do the trinity. The way how Masaccio manages to capture the perspective withing the architecture does make look like you could climb into the painting.

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