Florence & the Statue of David - Trent
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I spoke too soon in my last entry about everything running smoothly and never really feeling rushed. As you now know Venice was a scramble, then on Wednesday (June 23, 2009) we ran into train delays. A late train and then a 1+ hour delay (sitting on the tracks) cost us a midday tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. However, we did make the afternoon tour of the Accademia where you find the works of Michelangelo that includes the Statue of David.
After checking into the hotel in Florence and then grabbing a quick pizza we headed off on our guided tour of the Accademia. We had purchased our guided tour package in advance and it included tickets into the museum. We have found the purchase of guided tours to be the best way to do museums and monuments for a couple of reasons.
The Statue of David was simply awesome! Even to the untrained eyes of the 4 of us the detail in this sculpture was captivating. The best example of this (in our opinion) was the detail of the veins in the right hand and the lack of veins in the left hand.
One interesting note about Michelangelo’s technique was the lack of a full scale plaster model. Most artists of the time used full scale (the Statue of David stands 14’ tall) plaster models to deal with size and proportion when working with marble. Michelangelo did not use this method.
Florence was one of our quicker stops and much like Venice we could have used another day at this stop. We did find that Florence had the best gelato of the trip and it wasn’t a fluke. As it turns out Florence is known for gelato (Italian Ice-cream). Most appropriately you can see Sam with a bit of paradise in his hand as he and Ali stand for a picture in front of the sculpture “Gates of Paradise”.
Up next… “All roads lead to Rome.”