No Snow in Florence!

As many of you back home are dealing with a snowstorm, we are enjoying the beautiful 70 degree weather here in Florence!  OK not really – it’s cold and rainy here! 

But we did go see David!  Michelangelo’s David is even more impressive in person than I think I ever imagined it would be.  (Picture follows.)  He is seventeen feet tall!  For those of you that don’t know, Michelangelo sculpted David from 1501 to 1504 – it was unveiled on September 8, 1504.  It was placed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, and it became Florence’s proudest symbol of freedom and strength.  To protect David from the elements, the statue was moved in 1873 to its current location at the Galleria dell’ Accademia in Florence.  The funny thing is, we walked right by the Accademia!  I was expecting a more impressive entryway.  But it was just a regular door on the side of a rather large building.  It is interesting here that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

We also went to Brancacci Chapel which is also in a rather plain-looking church.  The Brancacci Chapel was painted primarily by Massaccio, who is a famous Renassiance painter.  Massaccio only lived to the age of 28 – it is suspected that he was poisoned by a jealous rival painter.  The chapel is painted with frescoes.  Frescoes are painted by mixing pigment with water and applying it to wet plaster.  So the painter has to work quickly and cannot fix the painting once it dries.  And it dries fast.  So when you look at the pictures below, keep that in mind.  It is really impressive!

Here is David!  You’ll have to come to Florence to see all of him!

The Brancacci Chapel – Many of the frescoes depict the life of St. Peter – I took pictures of the entire chapel and then some of my favorite paintings 

It was hard to get a great picture of this one – you can’t use a flash – but the man looking at you is a self-portrait of Masaccio.  It was common for artists to put themselves and the patrons of the paintings in the artwork.

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3 Responses to “No Snow in Florence!”

  1. Leah Says:

    Keep it coming-really enjoying the art class

  2. Coach Kim Says:

    Hello, everyone! CV had an early dismissal yesterday and so did Lower Dauphin. Since snow was not actually falling, I stayed for 4 extra hours at school to prepare for a student teacher who begins Monday.

    Needless to say, our basketball game was cancelled last night due to the impending snow storm. Bummer! There are only 2 games left before the season is complete. Bummer! Thomas, you are missed, but I am enjoying the blog.

    I awoke this morning to 12+ inches. This storm reminds me of upstate NY where I was born. These kind of storms were common. I LOVE it, and I can’t wait to shovel us out so we can go sledding.

    Take care.

  3. Grandpa Says:

    I am really enjoying the blogs. Can’t wait to see you next week!
    It should be 70 degrees here in Geneva too……
    Dad

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