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.
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.
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.