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Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 5, 2012

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its construction began in 1294 and it was consecrated in 1442. Like Westminster Abbey, it houses the tombs of the rich and famous. Incidentally, the prominent Star of David in the facade was the work of the 19th century Jewish architect, Niccolo Matas of Ancona. He is buried under the porch, outside the walls of the church. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the facade because bleachers had been erected in the large square in front of the church. Photograph is permitted in the church, without flash or tripod.

View of the nave, looking towards the main altar.

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Nave, looking towards the door:

Santa Croce, Florence

Machiavelli’s tomb, by Innocenzo Spinazzi:

Macchiavelli's Tomb

Michelangelo’s tomb, by Giorgio Vasari:

Michelangelo's tomb

Dante’s tomb:

Dante's Tomb

Galileo’s tomb:

Galileo's Tomb

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Frescoes by Giotto:

Santa Croce, Florence

Giotto altar (1327), commissioned for the Baroncelli family:

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

In 1966, the Arno River flooded the area, causing considerable damage to the church and its artwork.

Santa Croce, Florence

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Michelangelo’s David in Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 13, 2012

Michelangelo's David

This is it — the real David in the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Florence. No, you’re not supposed to photograph it. But I hid in a bunch of photo-snapping tourists until the guard stopped us. Safety in numbers…

Two things I hadn’t expected were the size of the statue — it’s 16 feet tall — and the amazing detail. You really can see the sinews and muscles. It’s hard to believe that Michelangelo achieved such detail with stone.

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo's David

Dolled-up David in the courtyard:

Copy of David in Courtyard

Giambologna‘s gesso for his sculpture, “Rape of the Sabine Women” (1574-82). The sculpture itself is in the Loggia dei Lanzi, near the Uffizi gallery.

Rape of the Sabine Women, Giambola

One of Michelangelo’s four unfinished Prisoners, intended for Pope Julius’s tomb. I’m fairly certain it’s the Atlas slave.

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“Coronation of the Virgin,” by Giovanni di Marco detto Giovanni dal Ponte (Florence 1385-1437):

Coronation of the Virgin with Angelic Musicians

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