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March 10, 2017

This fresco cycle by Andrea del Sarto was completed over the course of about a decade (thanks to many long pauses) for a church in Florence which no longer exists. The cycle still stands because it's such a famous and integral part of both his reputation and of Florent...

January 20, 2017

The Accademia in Florence is home to Michelangelo's David, which is *easily* the most famous sculpture in the world (and has been since it was completed 500 years ago). 

It's also home to a half dozen of Michelangelo's "non-finito" or 'unfinished' sculptures - mainly fi...

January 20, 2017

The Medici Chapel in Florence was one of those places I've dreamed of visiting for as long as I can remember. All my pics are from the same one room designed by Michelangelo - ALL of it - the architectural elements, walls, floors, statues and sarcophagi... all of it, d...

January 20, 2017

In my opinion The Bargello (sculpture museum) in Florence is the best bargain in the city. At just 4 euros to enter the 4 Michelangelo sculptures alone were worth the admission fee. They've also got the most stunning collection of Donatellos and the original competitio...

June 8, 2016

This is not a museum, but a Church.  And a grand one at that.
 

520 years ago this was the church Michelangelo attended as a child, and where he was baptized, when he grew up just two blocks away. It is also the church where Michelangelo is buried. Also buried here are...

February 11, 2016

The Vasari Corridor, which is essentially a series of hallways built atop the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, is not open to the general public. You've got to book it through private tour companies. But that said, it's the coolest side-trip I've ever taken. If you're...

December 18, 2015

 This church is an architectural and artistic gem, barely a 5 minute walk from the Duomo. As of this writing (Winter 2015/16) t's undergoing HEAVY construction but if you've never seen it, and have the opportunity (even under construction) this should be on everyone's...

November 12, 2015

The Laurentian Library in Florence is a depository of rare books and manuscripts begun by Pope Clement VII (a member of the Medici family) and was meant to both showcase, show off, and propagandize the Medici family name, and to hold their 10,000+ rare manuscripts.

 

It...

November 11, 2014

The Palatine Gallery, in the Pitti Palace in Florence, had a lot more “A-List Artists” than I was expecting. If this “small” museum were in NYC it would be, by far, the crown jewel of renaissance and baroque art collections in all of the USA. But it’s not in NYC, it’s...

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