Monday, November 21, 2016

Venice, Italy

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

La vita è bella

Visiting Arezzo, Italy where they filmed the 1997 Academy Award-winning, Italian film La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful).

On the way to Arezzo, we drove over the Ponte Buriano, a stone seven-arch bridge in the Tuscany region of Italy. Built in 1277, it was used by Leonardo da Vinci in the lower-right quadrant of his painting Mona Lisa.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wine Region of Tuscany

Staying in a restored farmhouse in a small Hamlet perched on a natural balcony overlooking a view that encompasses the entire Chianti Valley.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Michelangelo’s David

“Nor has there ever been seen a pose so fluent, or a gracefulness equal to this, or feet, hands and head so well related to each other with quality, skill and design”. With these words Giorgio Vasari attempts to define the reasons behind the marvel that the vision of David provokes in the observer. He continues by stating that the status so far surpasses both in beauty and technique ancient and modern statuary that one needn’t bother seeing other works in sculpture.

At the end of 1501, Michelangelo obtained the permission of the Opera del Duomo to work a block of marble which had been abandoned in the courtyard of the Cathedral of Florence for the creation of the figure of the young hero, subsequently placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Signoria.

It has always been a subject of debate among scholars whether David is represented before or after his victory over Goliath. His sling is also barely visible as though to emphasize how David owed his victory not to brutal force, but to his intellect and to his innocence. As soon as it was placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio, the statue became a symbol of liberty and of civic pride for the Florentine Republican. Surrounded by hostile enemies, the city identified itself with the young hero who, with the help of God, had defeated a much more powerful foe.

From the plaque next to the David