Destination: Firenze Day: VI

(This is the 2nd post today.  Sorry about that. Please read both.)

Today, we saw the Galleria degli Uffizi…the UFFIZI,  One of the two museums that is known for an hours-long line.  We paid extra for reservations (thought we got the EU teacher’s price which balanced it out) and, though it isn’t as busy as summertime, we definitely got in quicker than those without reservations.  Just in case any Uffizi “suits” are reading this, the indoor queue is unacceptable.  Reserved ticketholders have a priority entrance, but inside there is no guidance, no ropes, no direction signs. So after taking the priority entrance, we had to go to the back of the ultimate entrance line.  Of course certain groups of people (yes, I am profiling) don’t feel the responsibility to wait in line like others, so…we eventually got in.  It really wasn’t so bad. And inside the actual museum, it was expectedly busy but not overwhelmingy, not restrictively so. They allowed pictures in the hallway which connects the two wings.  Specifically they allow pictures out the windows.  And they also have an outdoor observation smoking deck, which offered some good photos:

Hallway of Sculptures Uffizi Florence

Hallway of Sculptures, Uffizi, Florence.

Uffizi window

Uffizi Gallery, looking down at the Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio and Vasari Corridor - view from Uffizi

View from Uffizi windows. Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor.  The orange tile roof covers a raised passageway so that the Grand Duke could move safely between home and work.

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio. From the Uffizi rooftop patio.

Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi’s Dome. From the Uffizi rooftop patio.

After the Uffizi, we went back to the Florence Cathedral…the most recognized sight in Florence. Just west of the entrance is the Baptistry, the oldest building in the city.  Thought another set of doors was created by Pisano in the 1329, two sets of doors by Ghiberti are more famous.  The northern doors were created out of bronze.  They are not particularly attractive (to me), but many people consider the start of the Renaissance to be the day in 1401 when a competition was announced for the right to create these doors.  Ghiberti won. It took Ghiberti 21 years to create these doors and was then offered the opportunity to create another set – the east doors – which took 27 years!  From Wikipedia, “the ten panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament…The panels are large rectangles and are no longer embedded in the traditional Gothic quatrefoil, as in the previous doors. Ghiberti employed the recently discovered principles of perspective to give depth to his compositions. Each panel depicts more than one episode…The figures are distributed in very low relief in a perspective space (a technique invented by Donatello and called rilievo schiacciato, which literally means “flattened relief”.) Ghiberti uses different sculptural techniques, from incised lines to almost free-standing figure sculpture, within the panels, further accentuating the sense of space…Michelangelo referred to these doors as fit to be the “Gates of Paradise.” Vasari described them a century later as “undeniably perfect in every way and must rank as the finest masterpiece ever created.”

The doors now are comprised of replacement panels, while the originals are kept in a secure environment to protect aging and damage:

Gates of Paradise Baptistry Doors Ghiberti Florence

Gates of Paradise. Baptistry Doors.

Gates of Paradise Florence

Ghiberti’s bronze doors.

Ghiberti Gates of Paradise King David

The Story of David.

Gates of Paradise Florence Ghiberti Solomon Sheba

Story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

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4 thoughts on “Destination: Firenze Day: VI

  1. I’m just in awe of the detail that was put into these buildings so long ago. Now, no one gives a crap about what something might look like even 100 years from now, so there is very little care or effort that goes into the building process. It’s always a rush to get a project done on time— and this man took 21 YEARS?! just to create the DOORS?! That is amazing!
    The colors in “Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor” are so rich and vibrant. I love it.

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