Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Exploring Florence

Ah, Florence, birthplace of the Rennaisance! To see all her wonders and sing her full praises could exhaust a lifetime!

We didn't attempt the first there, and we won't try the second here.

The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) across the Arno River

Galileo's tomb, containing all except the middle finger of his right hand That portion of his body is on display in the Museo di Storia del Scienza. (Why? I don't think I want to know....)

Michelangleo's tomb is housed in the Basilica of Santa Croce, as is Galileo's (above). That church serves as final resting place of numerous Italian luminaries. Others not buried in the church(Guglielmo Marcon and Enrico Fermi, for example) are memorialized by plaques or funerary monuments, making the structure something of a temple to Italian greatness.

Santa Croce is also home to a fine leatherwork school, whose products have attracted patronage from the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Lady Diana, and Madeline Albright. I was so enthralled by their hand-crafted creations (and Case was so thunderstruck by their prices) that we failed to capture any images of their workshops or products, except in memory! (Case would like to point out that, while the showroom did display snapshots of visits by the above-named celebrities, it has yet to be conclusively proved that even they felt able to afford the prices...)

While not the most famous crucifix at Santa Croce, this one caught Case's eye for its color, iconic beauty, and simplicity. We no longer recall the name of the artist who created it.

(?) Francesco Salviati's Deposition from the Cross -- The vivid colors of this painting in the refectory at Santa Croce made it my most memorable painting in Firenze.

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