Florentine Art

On the first Sunday of every month, state museums, galleries and baptisteries are free of charge to the public in Florence. Mum and I took this day as an opportunity to visit some of the great museums and galleries that Florence has to offer. This really does take up the whole day, as not only is the entry free of charge, but already on a Sunday, you can imagine the queues…

Among other sites, we visited the Galleria dell’ Accademia and The Uffizi Gallery, two of the greatest and most famous galleries not only in Florence but also around the world for their collection of renowned and restored Renaissance art.

The Galleria dell’ Accademia is without a doubt famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, particularly his 17-foot sculpture of David. The gallery preserves a priceless collection of painting and sculptures from the 13th to the 19th Century. The Accademia also has works by Italian artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Domenicao Ghirlandaio and Andrea del Sarto.

The wait for the Uffizi Gallery may be a while, (mum and I waited almost two hours) although once you get inside, it’s worth it. Along the arches outside the gallery, sculptures of famous Florentine poets, writers and artists keep you company, until you reach the Arno River for a few shots of the Ponte Vecchio.

The Uffizi Gallery has a rich and unique collection of artwork, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Works from artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello are conveyed in the gallery, from the 12th to the 17th Century.

The Birth of Venus 1484, was commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’Medici, cousin of Lorenzo il Magnifico. It depicts Venus born from the sea, reaching the island of Cyprus, blown by the winds Zephyr and Aura, where one is about to place a flowery cape over her shoulders.

La Primavera 1477-78, was conserved in the Medici’s family Florentine residence in 1498. It depicts Venus with Zephyr chasing the nymph of nature, Chloe who turns into the goddess Flora, Venus, underneath a blindfolded Cupid in flight, with the three Graces and Mercury.

Visiting both galleries was a flash back to my History of Art school days, when we took a trip to Florence. Mum tested me on my art history and to my own surprise I remember more than I thought I would. I never thought back then I would be living in Florence now, however I’m glad I choose this beautiful, cultured city to spend these few months in Italy.

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