Kim Johnson – One would never guess we are in Italy in the middle of the summer with the cool temperatures and rain we’ve been experiencing the last two days in Florence. Nonetheless we have journeyed onward to see some of the most beautiful art in the world. Click here to see photos from the day.
We visited the Cathedral (Duomo) Museum where we saw many pieces that were once part of the Cathedral. They have either been replaced with replicas or different pieces throughout the years. We also saw some of the tools Brunelleschi used to build the dome on the Cathedral.
Some of the more notable pieces at the Cathedral Museum include Donatello’s Maddalena (or Mary Magdalene) and a replica of Michelanglo’s Pietà.
We also visited the Basilica di Santa Croce where we saw among the many frescos and sculptures the graves of Galileo, Michelangelo, Rossini (who wrote the William Tell Overture), and Machiavelli.
We stopped by a few more less popular, therefore less crowded, churches and were treated to some stunning pieces.
At Santa Maria del Carmine we saw an exquisite fresco cycle of the life of Peter done by Masaccio. A brother at the Church of All Saints opened the doors to our group at Bill’s request and the Church of the Holy Trinity was equally as quiet. The art was inspiring, the quiet allowed for proper reflection, and the teaching brought about greater awareness of our surroundings.
Bill pulls more strings tomorrow as he has arranged a private visit to the Uffizi. We will also visit the Bargello and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella on our last full day in Florence.
photo above: Bill Cook ’66 talks about Donatello’s Maddalena.