Oh PLEEEEZE forgive me while I finish off this spasm of art pleasure- looking at these pictures is just the best. Let's go back to that Tuesday in June when we last saw our art teacher silently weeping over the Botticelli gallery and imagine her excitement to head on over to what she REALLY was wanting to see, and that of course was the David at the Galleria dell'Accademia, just a little ways across town.
|Mmmmmm- balsamic! Tried some of these lovely things!|
|This menu lured us in- we were on a quest for fresh food- no pizza for now, please|
|WELL- look who has the crazy eyes!|
Waiting waiting waiting. We finally got in- went through security, again, and I was sort of desperate to see the David, and the auxiliary sculptures of the slaves that I knew were near him. I didn't realize that it was such a small museum, but really, do they need more?
|Sweaty selfie with David|
I will take this moment to say, wow there is a lot of security at places like this. So many metal detectors, yo. AND my sister was none to happy to have to relinquish her bottle of olive oil and such to the guards- but we easily recovered it when we finished up our visit.
|His left foot was damaged by a crazy guy who attacked the statue with a hammer.|
As the rest of the group scattered and my dear sister settled herself on a bench, I must have walked up and down that hall 5 times, walking around the statue, going back to look at the unfinished slaves, coming close to it, backing up and looking at it from afar, trying to recreate that moment of a quick inhaled breath. This is indeed a grand, beautiful piece of artwork.
There were other parts of the museum, but I will say I barely remember them. I am glad I got a few photos.... Not many but a few.
|This was one of my favorite things- a whole room full of statues and busts!|
|Palestrina Pieta maybe by Michelangelo|
The unfinished Slaves/Prisoners that were in the gallery with David were very interesting to me. I loved seeing the progression towards the finished work that he was making. These were intended for the tomb of Pope JuliusII. They are rough and unrefined, such a contrast to the main event in that gallery. They are the work of the mature artist and the expression of emotions in these unfinished works is just exquisite.
Ok, anyway, I am very excited to go on to the next set of photos, but I actually have one more Florence post, but I don't know if I am going to write that next or wait for a few days. We shall see. I sort of need to bathe in the glow of these moments first.
Joy was the word of the day here in the fair city of Florence. I plan to go back someday in the not so distant future. And spend much more time with David.