I've been to museums in the US, of course, but nothing prepares you for the constant presence of ART in Italy. In addition to spending entire days in the Uffizi and the Galeria dell'Accademia in Firenze, a simple walk reveals wonders, in most any town. Almost every piazza or random street has some small artistic jewel hidden away in it, if you just look. (Not to mention the art of some of the architecture in the historic centers.) Here's an example, taken from a random street in my city:
I could do a Thursday Thirteen about art in Reggio Emilia, I think (and I just may, sometime).
This is a list of works of art I've had the great fortune to admire up-close-and-personal, as it were. (The photos of the statues are mostly mine, by the way.)
A particular favorite artist of mine is Caravaggio. These should show you why...
The Sacrifice of Isaac, Uffizi Gallery, Firenze, Italy.
The Head of Medusa (painted on a shield), Uffizi Gallery, Firenze, Italy.
Then, just outside the Uffizi in Firenze, you find these pieces - on display in the Piazza della Signoria.
Giambologna's Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus (1599)
Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus
The Fountain of Neptune, designed by Bartolomeo Amminnati.
The next two are Perseus with the head of Medusa, by Benvenuto Cellini.
The Rape of Polyxena, by Pio Fedi (1865) - It is worth noting that "Rape" in this context refers
to the original meaning of the word, "Rapine -To Kidnap".
The same goes for the following artwork, The Rape of the Sabine Women.
I must confess that I don't know what this next piece is called...it's found in Parma, Italy, near the city hall.
The Venus of Urbino, by Tiziano Vecellio (aka Titian), found in the Uffizi, Firenze.
Botticelli's The Birth of Venus
And, standing in for the eye candy this week is the Grandaddy of 'em all, who of course needs no introduction...
Oh, who am I kidding? Here's the eye candy...
Luca Argentero - actor
What can I say? He's vaguely reminiscent of the David, isn't he?
Happy Thursday Thirteen!