Our last day in Florence called for a visit to a couple galleries that house the works of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. First stop was the Galleria della Accademia which houses the original sculpture of David by Michelangelo. Walking up to the sculpture left me in awe as to how grand the piece was. A few days before we had seen the replica of David in Piazza della Signoria, however the showcased piece is still irreplaceable. The sculpture of David was not only an artistic masterpiece but a political icon as well. David was seen has the savior of Florence which used to be its own country at one point in history. David’s posture and gaze is facing left which is aimed at the city of Rome. His gesture gives off a firm message that Florence isn’t afraid of the political powerhouse and aggression of Rome. Looking at this piece gave me the chance to better understand art and the many expressions one can convey in a single piece which was truly thought provoking.
After a short lunch break near the Duomo, we headed to our last venue in Florence, the Uffizi Gallery. This gallery contains almost 100 rooms filled with paintings and sculptures. It’s interesting to notice the architectural dynamite of the gallery and how it’s shaped into the letter u. The gallery was once used for offices and was shaped in the letter u in order to prevent water damage caused by floods from the Arno river.
The pieces of art we stopped to view and discuss included: Botticelli’s Primavera and the Birth of Venus, Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ, Caravaggio’s Medusa, and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo.
It was a wonderful four days in Florence where we had the chance to visit some amazing galleries, historic landmarks, religious venues and local leather shops. Our time in Florence has ended and now we are head two hours north towards the city of Bologna. Here we will visit the University of Bologna and learn about the birthplace of human dissection.