Passions of an Odd Chick

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Flight to Florence made real.

" (I felt)... delirious yet tumultuous... I felt as if I sailed with long John Silver and first gazed on Treasure Island. Here was a place where anything might happen. Here was a place where something would certainly happen... "   Winston Churchill

Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi Gallery window
Have you ever been to a place that everywhere you turned, everything you saw was out of favorite book or picture book? This was my wardrobe in the Chronicles of Narnia, this was my looking glass in Alice and Wonderland. This was my Treasure Island.
What can I say about Florence?
I saw DAVID, all 18ft of him. one huge block of Carrara marble. He ultimately represented that Florence would slay the giant of the Medici family and Michelangelo turned his back on his first sponsors by creating it. (Great STORY)

But I loved most the unfinished marble pieces of Michelangelo's that showed his way of sculpting- where the person actually moves out of the marble. UNBELievable!
WE had a fantastic, knowledgeable guide that has studied art all his life and he has not lost his energy for it. He talked as fast as he could to tell you details about the art and I totally crushed on him. I could have taken him home and I know Sweet Farmer would have understood. 
I saw the DUOMO. The story of Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti is a fascinating one. Two creative genius' that truly sparked a Renaissance.

outside the Medici offices and Uffizi gallery. absolutely intimidating sculptures
they used outside their official palaces.

I LOVE THE history of the Medici family. I watched every documentary I could get my hands on.
They took the money they made as bankers and sponsored art for the city of Florence. They were the first to promote art that wasn't religious (on its face) but to think outside the box about creativity and new ideas and to push the boundaries of original thought! To heck with what the Pope liked.
But in the end the Medici's became violent and greedy and ultimately were thrown out of Florence. BUT the trail of art they left behind is a sight to behold.
Venus by Botticelli

I stood in FRONT of this piece. It was darker than this but so breathtakingly enchanting. I saw Primavera too!  So he created some long neck girls and let his imagination fly. I saw original Leonardo Di Vinci's! What can I say?

If you love the Renaissance, intrigue, history, and love art with a passion - and you only have one city to go to in your life-time - take Florence.

I wanted to cry because I had to leave. But I just kept remembering how blessed I was to even be there. You may think that sounds silly or over-dramatic. But my passion met it's match in Florence and it truly touched me.
I will go back someday. That's a promise I've made to myself.


Jeannelle said...

How wonderful you could see all this in person! Rick Steves has taken me to Florence via his TV travel show and it looks like a very intriguing place!

Poetic Artist said...

I am loving every moment of your trip..Thank you for sharing it.

Bren said...

I'm in awe just seeing your photos and listening to you talk about such an amazing place. To be surrounding by all that staggering art, steeped in history, well one of life's great moments.

Kay said...

Oh I love your post. Florence is definitely on my list. I understand your tears at leaving...I cried when I left Amsterdam and then again when I left Prague..such wonderful places...I miss them whenever I think of them.

Diane said...

MY brother has been to Italy 4 times, and I know why--what an amazing world this place is!

simplyred said...

I would so love to see the sculptures by Michelangelo, especially the Pieta. I'm so glad you the change to live this dream.

WrightStuff said...

Oh wow what a post. Your passion and excitement was so evident on your writing - so full of emotion. It's top of my list of cities to visit... Maybe I should book the ticket..What do you think?

Jennifer Richardson said...

SO digging the passion
with which you stepped through into your Narnian wardrobe
and found such magic
and mystery....SO appreciate getting
to follow alongside and feel the wonder.
Oh yes I feel it.
Fabulous share....huge thanks!
glad squeeze,