Trip to Europe: Florence
July 2010

The first eight pictures complete the views from the Piazza Michelangelo, iincluding the bronze statue of his David, double the size of his already imposing marble original. Pictures nine to eleven are in the Galeria Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Arts Gallery) houses a full room of Michelangelo statues, including his absolutely outstanding David. As a relatively unknown at 29 years old, Michelangelo noticed an unused lump of marble lying around by the Santa Maria del Fiore cathdral, and asked if he could use it (I`m not sure how a piece of marble that create could be considered scrap). Creating David out of it, he gained instant critcal appreciation, and began his career as one of the finest sculptors and fresco painters ever. The picture in picture eleven is from artist Sandro Botticelli. Pictures thirteen through twenty-two are views inside and outside the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore, after 443 quite enjoyable steps upwards in the 35 C. heat. Picture twenty-two is a scupture outside the cathedral of engineer Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed and built the massive dome after winning a design competition to do so.
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