It's the last week of class and we went into some of the best buildings I've seen here. Our first was into the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo. It was the extravagant burial place of Lorezno 'il Magnifico' and his brother Guiliano, along with Lorenzo's son Guiliano, and his grandson Lorenzo... Only slightly confusing when looking at the family tree.. The room is enormous and is all cut stone, even the smallest detail, nothing is painted, and had to have cost great amounts. *Actually so much that plans to finish a marble facade to the church were stopped and the funds redirected to this project* *I'm learning* There are two important rooms to the New Sacristy, one being the actual burial place and the other more like a temple. They were designed by Michaelangelo who did much work for the Medici until his safety was no longer guaranteed after the death of Pope Clement VII. For this reason part many of his sculptures in Florence were left unfinished. You gotta Check It Out.
Insane dome decoration.. pay attention to the relation of scenes across each other,, ex. the Crucifixion across from the Original Sin
These are taller than me..
The gradient is cut stone.
Clear crystal shows the original drawing underneath
Dawn and Dusk under Lorenzo il Magnifico
Day and Night under Guiliano
One of Michaelangelo's best..
Our second destination this week was the Palazzo Vecchio, a castle like construction at the city center. It has a long history and had been expanded on twice as the Medici gained power. Ultimately it was part of the home of Cosimo I, first Grand Duke of Florence and features a room known as the Audience Chamber and it possible the most amazing room I've ever been in. It's construction is essentially a compass with scenes of Florence conquering cities in squares on the ceiling and walls in the direction of that place. It's architect and painter was Giorgio Vasari and during our visit we had a man dressed up in Renaissance clothing acting as if that was him. We also climbed to the top of the tower and had an amazing central view of the city. Here..
Visari's Audience Chamber - awestruck
Studiolo of Cosimo I