Florence Sky – not only in arts – I

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Florence Sky – not only in arts – I

The giganormous Florentine heritage includes some very special takes of sky and landscapes.

In a way, a trip to Florence is a time travel which brings you back to some momentous episodes of the history of arts.

In this post we get deeper into a couple of Uffizi’s masterpieces, a Florentine indeed starred sky, and an observatory with a long history.

Florence Sky at Uffizi

Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi

If you think that “Medieval art” and “realism” can’t even stay in the same phrase, well: think again!

Gentile da Fabriano (around 1370-1427) developed a great attention for naturalistic details in his work. In painting flowers, for example.

But his Adorazione dei Magi – Adoration of the Magi goes much further than that.

The painting is a pure beauty. The Three Kings attire gives a glimpse of the sumptuousness of noble people in the Middle Ages (after all, Palla Strozzi, the patron of the work, was in 1423 the richest man in Florence…).

But take a look at the predella too: both the Nativity and Flight into Egypt scenes have a realistic, beautiful sky!

Piero della Francesca, The Duke and Duchess of Urbino

Piero’s Diptych – double portrait is 1465 / 1472 painting is another famous and beautiful work, one of the highest peaks of the Uffizi Collection.

Actually, it’s a “double – double” painting: the portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and his wife, Battista Sforza, and the respective “triumphs”.

Piero is one of the masters of Renaissance perspective, but this four – scenes painting has something unique and very intriguing: the two portraits and the two triumphes are combined, giving a 360 degrees view of the landscape and sky around the Urbino Ducal Palace! Something like: Piero della Francesca got there more than 500 years earlier than Facebook… 😉

Enough for now: more about Florence sky in the next post!

By |2018-07-11T10:01:12+00:00June 20th, 2018|Discovering Florence|0 Comments

About the Author:

My passion for languages and travels led me to study languages, particularly English and German, first at the Language High School and the at the Translator and Interpreter School in Florence. I then graduated at the University of Pisa in Languages, with a specialization in History of Art. I have been active in the tourist sector for almost 20 years and since 1997 I have been working as a licensed tourist guide in Florence. I have lots of interests like, for example, travels, wines … and more…

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