M Y W E E K I N P H O T O S ( 8 . 7 . 2 0 1 6 )
I gave myself an assignment at the beginning of this year to dig deep into art history; to relearn everything I studied over the past few decades in hopes I will see it all with a fresh perspective. My work is currently shifting so I thought it would be helpful to get grounded and reacquainted with those who came before me in order for me to move forward with my work.
Over the past 8 months I have spent a good percentage of time in the local public library, in galleries, in museums, in bookstores, and in artist's studios. But the coup d'état was going to Florence a few weeks ago to visit a dear friend who was studying classical painting at The Florence Academy of Art. What a treat is was to visit her and see her in action!! It was also a treat to be back in Italy where I studied Renaissance art and architecture many years ago. I have always felt this was sacred ground for me becoming an artist so I was happy to be back. I had come to a point in my self-guided art history class where getting in front of these buildings and artwork seemed important and a 'logical' thing to do. I didn't have much time but I did an all out assault on Florence in 4 days and got the grounding I needed.
I am posting way more photos than normal but there is so much to share.
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TOUR the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio and the Piazza Signoria
GO see the monuments of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante, and Galileo at Santa Croce
BE amazed with Masaccio and Ghirlandaio's frescos, Michelangelo's statue, Bruneleschi's pulpit and the monk's pharmacia at Santa Maria Novella
EXPLORE modern art at Palazzo Strozzi
TAKE a Renaissance tour from this guy!! @easelandlens
GATHER art supplies from Zecchi Colors
SHOP at the Gucci flagship store or at least act like you are
HUNT through the flea market at San Ambrogio
WATCH the artisans make leather goods at the leather School behind Santa Croce
EXPERIENCE the Gucci Museum
SPEND the morning at the Ufizzi
Then SPEND the afternoon in quiet at the San Marco Museum
SWOON over the sculptures at the Bargello
DREAM about ordering custom made clothes at this very friendly and beautiful tailor
GEEK out at the Galileo Museum
COCKTAILS on the rooftop bar above the crowds. Amazing view.