Monday, May 30, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
We began in Florence. My cousin, Nora, met up with us and we explored. The Duomo, Basilica and Baptistry were all right there in front of me and awesome to take in. I stood for a long time in front of Michelangelo's David. I had dreamed of seeing David for years and it is amazing to study the size and detail in person. Everything is so old certainly compared to California that I found it hard to comprehend the timeline. The skill levels of the artisans are also so off the charts that I was overwhelmed.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Not quite sure where to start! Possibly with this - The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna? After studying art all these years it was incredible to view so much in just three weeks. It was like a time warp - history compressed. We saw the actual birth of the art of the Renaissance. And the very beginnings of glass! I cannot comprehend the talent and effort required to create the huge marble sculptures that we saw. I stared at Michelangelo's David for about 40 minutes or so. Inspirational.....more images to come!