Florence – Conclusions

Tonight I’m tired. I have blisters on my feet and a wound on my heel where I was whacked with a trolley at the airport. I also have mozzie bites all over my breasts and upper arms – lovely!

But Florence was amazing – my brain is still processing all the amazing things I saw. The artistic highlights for me have to be Michaelangelo’s slaves at the Uffizi and the Brancacci Chapel. In both instances I lost myself for a while, and you can’t ask more from art than that.

Duomo Museum – Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

The Duomo Museum is full of pieces that are either too valuable or too delicate to be part of the Duomo itself. It sits behind a covered over courtyard which is ratherlovely itself.

This is Donatello’s sculpture of Mary Madelene from 1454. According to some, she spent the last 30 years of her life in a cave in provance atoning for her sins. It’s ugliness was quite remarkable.

I was alos taken by this sinuous snake in Golgotha at the base of a silver crucifix.

Sorry about the light spoil – but her is a detail from one of Ghilberti’s panels – copies of which are now on the Sacristy doors. This is God giving the 10 Commandments to Moses.

I just fell in love with this camel – it has such a sweet face.

Eve really does seem to be saying “oh bugger!”

The most famous piece is the Michaelangelo Pieta. As you can see, actually getting to it is rather an achievement. let alone spending the quiet time with it it deserves.

According to Vasari, Nicodemus, holding Christ is a self-portrait. One of the guide books suggested that the Pieta can also be seen as a meditation on aging. That Christ will be forever young and beautiful will Nicodemus (and by analogy Michaelangelo) grows older.

Now – note the toes! Every statue in Florence had toes like mine. Next toe longer than the big toe. No longer can A. call them ‘devil’s toes’. If not ‘Christ’s toes’ they can at least be Florentine toes!