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David Up Close

I can already tell were getting some of these David pictures printed in a triptych or something. Here’s Jeannine’s shots with the telephoto lens of the same places we visited in my post yesterday. I wrote most of my thoughts on the matter there. This one is just all picutures and mostly David. Because what could possibly be more magnificent.

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This is where we had the best pizza of the trip. It’s a market in Florence. The bottom functions as a food market, and only operates in the mornings. Upstairs there’s food stalls that stay open until the late afternoon. These guys made the best pizza I have ever eaten. I also got an amazing conollo here. 

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This is where the best pizza was born.

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Pope Snoke.

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The Statue Of David Knocked My Socks Off

The Statue of David is incredible. I cannot wrap my head around how Michelangelo created him. When I walked into the room and saw him at the end of the hall, he looked perfectly proportional. It’s only when I got right up to him, only a few feet away did I realize how enormous his hand and feet are. This realization didn’t make him any less beautiful to me. It made me gape at the genius of Michelangelo. It’s like a magic trick that he’s still pulling off hundreds of years later.

If there’s one reason to get on a plane and go to Italy, seeing that statue is it. There’s a multitude of other wonderful reasons to visit Italy, but just David is enough of a reason in my opinion. He astounds.

There was plenty of other art work the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and I found loads of religious artwork that had a bounty of infants just looking like shrunken down adults. Enjoy!

This is the Duomo. It's that intensely decorated on all sides.

This is the Duomo. It’s that intensely decorated on all sides.

See. This is the Duomo's back end.

See. This is the Duomo’s back end.

This statue is The Rape Of The Sabine Women. It was beautiful, b

This statue is The Rape Of The Sabine Women. It was beautiful, but I was too excited to see David to give it the attention it deserved.

This is what you see when you turn a corner and suddently David

This is what you see when you turn a corner and suddently David is just there. It took my breath away.

As you walked the length of the room toward David there were unf

As you walked the length of the room toward David there were unfinished Michealangelo statues on either side of the hall. They drove home how difficult the work must have been to draw beauty out of marble.

I cannot describe how incredible David is. I felt I could sit in

I cannot describe how incredible David is. I felt I could sit in that room and look at him for hours.

He's also enormous. He's 17 feet tall.

He’s also enormous. He’s 17 feet tall.

There was lots of other art work at Accademia di Belle Arti di F

There was lots of other art work at Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. This one features Mary having a moment of, that ain’t mine!

There was a room with a massive collection of plaster statues.

There was a room with a massive collection of plaster statues.

First off, what is angel in the lower right even doing? Toot too

First off, what is angel in the lower right even doing? Toot tootley doodley doo, all herald the middle aged infance Christ! Second, infant Jesus seems to have a receeding hairline.

I had to go back and see David one more time, before we left the

I had to go back and see David one more time, before we left the area.

Ouch. Mary seems untroubled.

Ouch. Mary seems untroubled.

Mm, that Jesus has 5 kids and a double mortage, and needs a six

Mm, that Jesus has 5 kids and a double mortage, and needs a six pack to fall asleep every night.

I don't know. Not sure what it is, not sure why it's been decapi

I don’t know. Not sure what it is, not sure why it’s been decapitated.

East or West, normally you pick just one.

East or West, normally you pick just one.

It was interesting, the inside was sparce in comparison with the

It was interesting, the inside was sparce in comparison with the outside.

We got a bit of time to relaxe in the afternoon. It was about 70

We got a bit of time to relaxe in the afternoon. It was about 70 degress and sunny almost every day of our trip.

Just a richly decorated grotto.

Just a richly decorated grotto.

The only fat statue we saw.

The only fat statue we saw.

This is the Duomo. It's that intensely decorated on all sides.

This is the Duomo. It’s that intensely decorated on all sides.

Random street art.

Random street art.

I think  I'll just read.

I think I’ll just read.