3 Favourite Sculptures in Florence

I guess it wouldn’t be fair, not to mention anything about the sculptures in Florence. Especially because one of the most beautiful sculptures ever made, can be found there.

These are my 3 favourites:

Giambologna – Rape of the Sabine Women (1574-82)

In the Loggia Dei Lanza, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, you can see this mythical statue. The dynamic protagonists in this scene accentuate the dramatic subject.

giambologna - Rape of the Sabine Women

giambologna – Rape of the Sabine Women

Giambologna – Rape Of the Sabine Women

Donatello – David (circa1440)

Less famous than Michelangelo’s David and hardly comparable:

  • Black bronze vs snow white Carara Marble
  • modest size (1,58m) vs monumental size (5,7m)
  • feminin (slim, senual, female hat) vs masculin (strong, muscles, confident)

Despite these differences, i really like the Donatello version of David.

Donatello -  David

Donatello – David

Michelangelo – David (1501-1504)

One of the most beautiful sculptures of all time. And if you are in Florence, you should really see the original version of the statue inside the Uffizi museum.  The original version is magical, it is of a godlike beautiness.  This is a Masterpiece. All copies of David are pulp.

Michelangelo - David

Michelangelo – David

3 Favourite Paintings in Florence

I’ve been to Florence, Italy and i think that everyone should see it. The whole city is a joyfull witness of the Renaissance. The museums are stacked with masterpieces.

These 3 paintings made a huge impression on me:

Parmigianino – The Madonna of the Long Neck (1534-1540)

There is something about this weird painting that makes it fascinating.

The long neck of the madonna and the strange deformation of her child could be seen as amateurish, but stilll, if you see this painting in real life it catches your attention and keeps it.

The colors are well chosen and in perfect harmony. The composition holds a tension with the packed people on the left and the peacefulness of the madonna, whose volume takes half of the space of the whole painting.

Parmigianino - The Madonna of the Long Neck

Parmigianino – The Madonna of the Long Neck

Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus (1486)

This iconic painting has influenced many artists from the Renaissance until today’s graffiti artists in L.A.

Sandro Botticelli - Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli – Birth of Venus

Antonio Ciseri – Ecce Homo (1871)

This is really a masterpiece and an underestimated painting.  I really got goose bumps watching this in the Palazzo Pitti.

In this original setting, the main actors are shown from the back. Jesus, the king of the Jews, is being humiliated and we are witness of the moment Pilate is showing him to the furious crowd. You can see the yelling crowd and the anger on each face of the spectators. They  are really hungry for blood and want him to be crucified. One man on the roof of a building is holding his hands above his head, his fists clenched.

Antonio Ciseri - Ecce Homo

Antonio Ciseri – Ecce Homo