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January 24, 2017

We tend to think of Michelangelo as a genius whose talent was in full bloom at birth. That he “sprang whole from the mind of Zeus” so to speak - creating 'Michelangelesque' works from boyhood. However, while visiting The National Gallery in London recently, I sat and h...

January 20, 2017

San Pietro in Vincoli (English: Saint Peter In Chains) is a small-ish church in Rome, on what used to be the outskirts of the city. The most famous resident is Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses... originally intended as part of the funerary monument of Pope Julius II....

January 20, 2017

I guess it goes without saying that The Vatican is going to house the greatest and most impressive collection of ancient Roman and high renaissance art in the world. After all, these are the guys who commissioned all the work. But I'll say it anyway: The Vatican houses...

January 20, 2017

This place has so many ancient, marble, portrait-busts you'd think they were pulling them out of the ground, for free in their back yard... hah. Get it? Because they kind of have been for 1,000 years...

Home of celebrated statues like The Capitoline Venus, The Dying Gau...

January 20, 2017

The National Gallery in London is one of the best pound-for-pound museums in the world. Small, in terms of collection breadth (they don't have millions upon millions of items largely tucked away in storage) but unbelievable and unbeatable in terms of content. More "A w...

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

The Albertina was hosting a MAGNIFICENT drawing exhibition when we visited. Easily the best stand alone show I've ever seen of Old Master drawings. There were Michelangelos, Raphaels, Rubens, and even a Da Vinci. There were Durer drawings and Holbein drawings... you na...

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...

April 14, 2015

 

The Sforza Castle in Milan is one of those places I’d heard about for decades before finally visiting. Famously the home of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, during the time of Leonardo da Vinci… it was also the home of Leonardo da Vinci while he was in the employ of th...

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