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My name is Alan... I am addicted to art galleries

Before I show you the results of my addiction, I have a few landscape shots I took from a hill on the other side of the river. It was only a twenty minute bus ride up the hill to the Michaelangelo Piazza where a few hundred tourists were gathered to take photos of Florence's cityscape from on high.

I have in the last two days joined two queues expecting a one or two hour wait. The infamous Ufizi art gallery queue only took me 15 minutes until I was inside ( this was about midday when a lot of tourists were scoffing a pizza or pasta or panini). It was a lovely museum and the main attraction had to be the Botticelli The birth of Venus, painted for the Medici family in the 1480's. It was slightly faded but still stunning as were many other maybe not so famous pieces I saw and took photos of. The two naked females are the same sisters that I saw in a similar painting in the Louvre Paris, and are of Gabrielle d'Estrees and her sister. Gabrielle was the mistress of Henry iv of France, and bore four children to him. When his wife eventually died he promised to marry Gabrielle and gave her his coronation ring as a token engagement ring. A few weeks later before her dreams of marrying Henry became a reality, she died giving birth to a stillborn son. The painting alludes to her being given the engagement ring. I also found a few photos I took in the Museum of modern art in Rome, so I threw them into the pot. The second queue I joined was the one to have a look around the inside of the Duomo Cathedral, and that took me all of ten minutes before I got inside. I knew what to expect so it wasn't too much of a surprise to see such an empty space, especially after seeing the excesses of the interiors of Roman churches. The dome was the main focus of artwork, but you weren't able to get too close, that was reserved for those who paid to climb the hundreds of steps to the top. The Italiaan clock above the entry is the only one in the world still running. It has only one hand and shows a 24 hour liturgical period of time from sunrise to sunset. It was a timetable used until the 18th century. Standing in the empty space, a space that has seen the great men and women and events of European history take place in and around it for the last six hundred years, is a humbling experience. You only have to realise that the building of the cathedral was halted for a couple of years while the Black Death swept through and killed up to 200 million people in the known world in about 1350 to know how old this building is....

Florence from a distant hill

Florence from a distant hill


Florence river and bridges from distant hill

Florence river and bridges from distant hill


The city at your feet

The city at your feet


What do you put in Piazza Michaelangelo

What do you put in Piazza Michaelangelo


Another bloody David statue

Another bloody David statue


Inside the Cathedral looks empty and bare

Inside the Cathedral looks empty and bare


the apse area under the dome

the apse area under the dome


a glimpse of the dome

a glimpse of the dome


a closer look

a closer look


looking back to the entry

looking back to the entry


and the 1443 clock that runs on Italian time

and the 1443 clock that runs on Italian time


the main colour is seen in the mosaic floors

the main colour is seen in the mosaic floors


and their intricate patterns

and their intricate patterns


Hercules and the centaur

Hercules and the centaur


Rape of the Sabine women

Rape of the Sabine women


Perseus with blood spurting from medusa's neck..

Perseus with blood spurting from medusa's neck..


about six long galleries with rooms off

about six long galleries with rooms off


so young to be a saint

so young to be a saint


beautiful composition

beautiful composition


Botticelli

Botticelli


birth of Venus...behind perspex

birth of Venus...behind perspex


clearer and more beautiful

clearer and more beautiful


One for the girls

One for the girls


One for the lads

One for the lads


more for the lads

more for the lads


small but perfectly painting

small but perfectly painting


There is a story behind this one.

There is a story behind this one.


Michaelangelo's genius

Michaelangelo's genius


Michaelangelo again

Michaelangelo again


"God I wish they would all go away"

"God I wish they would all go away"


Sweet angel kiss

Sweet angel kiss


everybody should go aaaaaahh.

everybody should go aaaaaahh.


bacchus looks like he's had a few

bacchus looks like he's had a few


scary reflected Medusa in Perseus's shield

scary reflected Medusa in Perseus's shield


A hippy christ carrying the cross

A hippy christ carrying the cross


as evocative as the Mona Lisa

as evocative as the Mona Lisa


From the crowd she must be famous

From the crowd she must be famous


Timeless early roman art

Timeless early roman art


timeless roman bust

timeless roman bust


he's got a timeless expression

he's got a timeless expression


view from top floor of Ufizi

view from top floor of Ufizi


Duomo from top of Ufezi deck

Duomo from top of Ufezi deck


Medici Palace from top of Ufizi deck

Medici Palace from top of Ufizi deck


Rome modern art Museum

Rome modern art Museum


Rome

Rome


stunning Rome

stunning Rome


another angle Rome

another angle Rome


Rome

Rome


Rome

Rome


Rome

Rome


Rome

Rome

Posted by astrix7 17:00 Archived in Italy

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