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Grazie a pynomoscato ho scoperto la Loggia del Pesce del Vasari molto bella e sicuramente poco valorizzata come del resto tante altre bellezze italiane.

è un passaggio obbligato quello dell'acqua, sopra agli archi...

però dal bosco arriva nella Piazza Grande di Arezzo

Firenze

 

Entro dei ponti tuoi multicolori

L'Arno presago quietamente arena

E in riflessi tranquilli frange appena

Archi severi tra sfiorir di fiori

Azzurro l'arco dell'intercolonno

trema rigato tra i palazzi eccelsi:

Candide righe nell'azzurro: persi

Voli: su bianca gioventù in colonne.

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Il Ponte Vecchio è uno dei simboli della città di Firenze ed uno dei ponti più famosi del mondo. Attraversa il fiume Arno nel suo punto più stretto, dove nell'antichità esisteva un guado.

« Tra i piloni addormentati scorre l'Arno dolcemente. Nel veder gli innamorati, acconsente... acconsente.

Benvenuto Cellini, la sua stizza appena cela, io vi tengo birichini la candela... la candela. »

("Sul Ponte Vecchio", Riccardo Marasco)

 

La prima costruzione risale all'epoca romana, ma fu più volte danneggiata dalle alluvioni del fiume: nel 1080 esisteva un ponte in legno, mentre quello in pietra a cinque arcate venne costruito intorno al 1170; danneggiato nel 1222 e nel 1322, fu spazzato via dall'alluvione del 1333, una delle più violente che si ricordino. Dopo la costruzione dei "lungarni", il ponte venne ricostruito, a tre valichi, nel 1345 ed è considerato opera di Taddeo Gaddi (secondo il Vasari) o di Neri di Fioravante.

  

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La catedral de Florencia es una de las mayores del mundo, junto con las de San Pedro(Roma), San Pablo(Londres)y la catedral de Sevilla.

 

La grandiosa cúpula se asienta sobre un magnífico conjunto absidial. Tiene 155 metros de longitud máxima y 107 de altura en la zona de la cúpula. La antigua catedral románica era mucho más pequeña, abarcaba apenas los dos últimos tramos de la nave. Según se entra en la catedral, al lado de la columna de la derecha aparecen unas escaleras por las que se puede acceder a una cripta, donde se ven restos del viejo edificio.

 

El nuevo data de 1296. Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto y Andrea Pisano estuvieron entre sus maestros.

 

Santa María del Fiore es una catedral con sello propio. En el interior abundan las líneas rectas, casi las superficies lisas, con un aire herreriano y austero; escasea relativamente la luz y la decoración escultórica.

  

La cúpula es notable. Un inmenso fresco recubre la inmensa superficie. Representa el Juicio Final y es de Vasari y Zuccari, iniciado en 1572 y finalizado en 1579.

 

A la altura del cuarto tramo de la nave, a la izquierda, aparece la puerta de acceso para llegar a la cúpula. Es una visita recomendada sólo para quien esté bien en forma. Son cerca de 500 escalones que permiten ver desde arriba el interior del edificio, con los frescos y las vidrieras, realizadas sobre cartones de Ghiberti, Donatello y otros. Más arriba, desde la orilla de la Linterna se goza de un excelente panorama sobre Florencia.

 

Brunelleschi, en los inicios del XV, fue el magnífico arquitecto que resolvió la cobertura de esta parte del edificio. La obra fue la admiración de la Florencia renacentista, que vio cómo la inmensa superficie se cubría por una estructura en la que no se veían otros puntos de apoyo.

 

Los flancos de la nave son extremadamente simples, sin la complicada estructura de arbotantes de las obras góticas. Las superficies están recubiertas de mármoles de distinto color, con adornos geométricos organizados merced a la policromía del revestimiento. La fachada actual es del siglo XIX.

 

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Chiesa di Santa Maria Nuova (Cortona)

Vasari, XVI secolo.

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february 8 2009

   

La chiesa di Santa Caterina si caratterizza per le sue forme rinascimentali, che richiamano le opere ben più note del Brunelleschi e del Bramante. La sua pianta è ottagonale e nella sua parte inferiore tradisce l'incompiutezza dell'edificio, la cui realizzata è stata piuttosto travagliata. La sua struttura è anche un rimando alle tondeggianti costruzioni classiche.

 

Il progetto iniziale della chiesa di Santa Caterina è dell'architetto Giovanni Del Fantasia, che avvia i lavori nel 1720. Tuttavia nel corso degli anni si succedono vicende che vedono cambiare spesso la direzione. Dopo l'abbandono del suo primo progettista, si sono alternati alla guida della costruzione Alessandro Saller nel 1729, Giovanni Masini nel 1739 e l'architetto Ruggieri nel 1746. La lanterna posta sulla sommità della cupola risale invece al 1869, realizzata da Dario Giacomelli.

All'interno della chiesa si possono ammirare un dipinto del Vasari e gli affreschi settecenteschi del Terreni e del Traballesi. La tela del Vasari è posta dietro l'altare maggiore e rappresenta l'Incoronazione della Vergine. Sopra di essa campeggia il "Padre Eterno in Gloria", realizzato dal Traballesi nel 1758. I lavori del Terreni sono invece nella cappella della Madonna del Rosario, dove si può ammirare anche un presepe ligneo di Cesare Tarrini.

A partire dal XVIII secolo si è affiancato alla chiesa un convento dei frati domenicani, finito di realizzare nel 1710. L'ordine è stato soppresso per ben due volte nel 1785 e nel 1808, in seguito all'editto napoleonico con il quale si dispone lo scioglimento di tutte le congregazioni religiose. Nel periodo di occupazione francese, prima che il Granduca lo restituisse ai domenicani nel 1817, il monastero è stato adibito a carcere.

 

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The church of Santa Caterina is characterized by its Renaissance appearance that recall the most known works carried out by the Brunelleschi and by the Bramante. It has an octagonal plant and it reveals that the building was unfinished since its carrying out had been quite difficult. Its structure also recalls the circular classical constructions.

 

The architect Giovanni Del Fantasia carried out the original plan of the church of Santa Caterina and he started works in 1720. Nevertheless, many facts that caused a change in the people directing the works occurred in the years.

After its first planner abandoned the works, Alessandro Saller, in 1729, Giovanni Masini, in 1739 and the Architect Ruggieri, in 1746, alternated in directing the construction. Instead, the lantern set on top of the dome, realized by Dario Giacomelli, dates to 1869.

A painting by Vasari and the XVIII-century frescoes by Terreni and Traballesi can be admired inside the church. Vasari's canvas is set behind the high altar and represents the "Incoronazione della Vergine". Above it, there is the "Padre Eterno in Gloria", carried out by Travallesi in 1758. Instead, Terreni's works are in the chapel of the Madonna del Rosario where also a wooden crèche by Cesare Tarrini can be admired.

Since the XVIII century, a new convent of the Dominican friars, that was finished in 1710, flanked the church. The order was suppressed twice, in 1785 and in 1808, after an edict issued by Napoleon through which the disappearance of all the religious congregations had been settled. In the period of the French occupation, before the Grand Duke gave it back to the Dominicans in 1817, the monastery became a prison.

  

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The dawn scene viewing from Ponte Vecchio, Florence. Vasari Corridor is seen on the left.

I'm sorry I haven't been round for a while but work has been stupidly busy. Now it's time for me to catch up commenting!

 

Two weeks ago I visited Florence and Venice and met with Daniela Nobili, Gianni Galassi and Rita Vita Finzi. What a fantastic trip! The trip to Florence fulfilled a 30 year dream, which is where the main piicture was taken - it's the Vasari Corridor leading up to the Ponte Vecchio. The others are just some pictures from on the street. You can click through on them if you want.

 

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All'interno della basilica è presente una gran quantità di dipinti, tavole, tele ed affreschi di:

l'Aliense (Antonio Vassillacchi, 1592-94), Sassoferrato, Guido Reni, Vasari, il Guerricino, il Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), nonchè affreschi di Danti e Peccenini, tavole del Perugino, del Parmigianino e di Raffaello.

The view from terrace bar of the Hotel Degli Orafi across the tiled rooftops of Florence towards the Duomo.

 

The trip was a prize for winning an Architectural Photography Competition back in 2013. I could choose two nights in any Europe City of my choice. I therefore chose Florence and chose this hotel as it stood on the banks of the Arno next to the Uffizi Gallery, was itself a former Renaissance palace and had this view from the rooftop bar. It's main claim to fame was that key scenes from the Merchant Ivory Production of 'Room with a View' were shot in one of their rooms with a view.

 

I've since learnt the name of the Hotel translates as Goldsmiths. Quite appropriate as the rack rate inside our room stated it was 550 Euros a night.......... The room itself was situated immediately over the Vasari Corridor as it turns inland from the Arno.

 

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A sepia version of yesterdays flipped Vasari Corridor upload. With most 'flipped' shots I see the potential when I'm taking the original image. This one only came to me last night when I was uploading the original shot. Think it's potentially one of my favourites even......

 

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From Wikipedia : 'The Vasari Corridor was built in 5 months by order of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1564, to the design of Giorgio Vasari. It was commissioned in connection with the marriage of Cosimo's son, Francesco, with Johanna of Austria. The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the Grand Duke's desire to move freely between his residence and the government palace, when, like most monarchs of the period, he felt insecure in public, in his case especially because he had replaced the Republic of Florence. The meat market of Ponte Vecchio was moved to avoid its smell reaching into the passage, its place being taken by the goldsmith shops that still occupy the bridge. At the latter extremity, the corridor was forced to pass around the Mannelli's Tower, after the staunch opposition of that family to its destruction.'

 

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Cropped this one deliberately close to the top to add to the strangeness of the floating effect of the Ponte Vecchio on the surface of the Arno.

Si vedono i residui piedistalli della limonaia che collegava la piscina al palazzo .Ora di proprietà della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio .Il parco è stato riaperto al pubblico.

Il palazzo è sede di mostre che si svolgono nella città.

Con Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera (sede della pinacoteca cittadina ) è il biglietto da visita della città.

Fatto costruire nel 1540 da Paolo Vitelli su disegno del

Vasari, è stato affrescato dal Gherardi .

 

On see the residual pedestal of lemon-house who connected the swimming pool to palace. Now of property of Cassa di Risparmio foundation. The park was reopen to public.The palace is seat of exhibition who happened in the town.

With Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera ( Art Gallery of Town ) is visiting card of town.

Building to 1540 by Paolo Vitelli on project of Vasari ( Friend of Vitelli ) and to fresco by Gherardi .

  

Cosa buena es pintar, si sirve para despintarnos de la mala pintura que cubre la realidad enseñada y nos tiene con el alma al duco.

Antes de enternecernos frente a la lamina de la Primavera (quinto grado) habíamos pasado por un tiempo de ver y entender, a esas horas en que amábamos los vidrios facetados, la deformación reveladora de los sifones contra la luz, el espectáculo maravilloso de una cucaracha rabiando en un calidoscopio.

Tenemos muchísimos parpados, y en lo hondo, y perdidos están los ojos. La lista de parpados –que continuo descubriendo y clasificando- incluye la instrucción primaria, el contrato social, la tradición, el culto de los antepasados sin discriminar entre los meritorios y los idiotas, el realismo ingenuo, la viveza, el a mí no me engrupen, la necesidad de hacer juego con el ropero provenzal, el cine y Vasari. Los parpados son muy útiles porque protegen los ojos; tanto que al final no los dejan asomarse a beber su vino de luz. Otano, con grandes pinzas, se ha puesto a arrancar parpados. Ay, duele, vaya que duele. Como que hace ver las estrellas.

Los ojos son para ver las estrellas.

   

Otano. 1949*. – Julio Cortázar de “Papeles inesperados”.

 

(*Catalogo de la exposición Otano.1949, Galería Cantú,

Buenos Aires, 05 al 17 de Diciembre de 1949.)

  

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El Puente Viejo (Ponte Vecchio en italiano) es un puente medieval sobre el río Arno en Florencia, (Italia). Se cree que fue un puente construido inicialmente en madera por los romanos. Tras ser destruido por una inundación en 1333 se reconstruyó, esta vez enteramente de piedra en 1345. Se atribuye su diseño al arquitecto y pintor italiano Taddeo Gaddi.

 

El puente se sostiene sobre tres arcos, el principal tiene una luz de 30 metros y los otros dos de 27 metros. El alzado de los arcos varía entre 3,5 y 4,4 metros. Es el puente más antiguo de Europa construido totalmente en piedra, en arco segmentado tipo closed-spandrel.

 

Desde siempre ha contenido distintas tiendas y gran actividad comercial sobre él (principalmente joyerías), según la leyenda porque en el puente se estaba exento de tasas e impuestos. Los comerciantes eran autorizados antiguamente a mostrar sus mercancías sobre mesas por el Bargello (una especie de magistrado comunal). Se cree además que el término Bancarrota se originó en este puente, debido a que cuando un vendedor no podía pagar sus deudas, su mesa o puesto para la venta, era rota por los soldados: banco+rotto, bancarrota. Al no disponer ya de una mesa el comerciante no podía vender sus mercancías.

 

Para conectar el Palazzo Vecchio (el palacio municipal de Florencia) con el Palazzo Pitti, en 1565 Cosimo I de Medici le solicitó a Giorgio Vasari que construyera el famoso Corredor vasariano sobre el puente. Y para aumentar el prestigio del puente, en 1593 les prohibió a los carniceros realizar sus actividades comerciales en ese lugar; el sitio que dejaron vacante fue inmediatamente ocupado por los joyeros y comerciantes de oro. La asociación de carniceros había monopolizado los negocios sobre el puente desde 1442.

 

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We went to Arezzo and it was closed....

 

Arezzo- Birthplace of Petrarch and Giorgio Vasari...Location of the amazing fresco cycle in the Church of s. Francesco, depicting the Story of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca.

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Chiostro dell'ex convento di san Pietro in Vincoli attribuito dal Vasari a Giuliano da Sangallo e probabilmente costruito fra il1493 ed il 1503.

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One step beyond ? With most 'flipped' shots I see the potential when I'm taking the original image. This one only came to me last night when I was uploading the original shot. Think it's potentially one of my favourites even......

 

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From Wikipedia : 'The Vasari Corridor was built in 5 months by order of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1564, to the design of Giorgio Vasari. It was commissioned in connection with the marriage of Cosimo's son, Francesco, with Johanna of Austria. The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the Grand Duke's desire to move freely between his residence and the government palace, when, like most monarchs of the period, he felt insecure in public, in his case especially because he had replaced the Republic of Florence. The meat market of Ponte Vecchio was moved to avoid its smell reaching into the passage, its place being taken by the goldsmith shops that still occupy the bridge. At the latter extremity, the corridor was forced to pass around the Mannelli's Tower, after the staunch opposition of that family to its destruction.'

 

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Firenze * Toscana * Italia

Non c'è altro punto di ripresa, in tutta Firenze, migliore di questo per proporre la Basilica di Santa Croce.

 

La chiesa di Santa Croce a Firenze è stata costruita a partire dal 1294 secondo il progetto di Arnolfo di Cambio ma in realtà è stata consacrata nel 1443 alla presenza di Eugenio IV. la chiesa di Santa Croce si è via via arricchita con le donazioni delle richhe famiglie fiorentine alle quali poi veniva concessa la sepoltura all'interno delle cappelle.

All'interno della chiesa troviamo sepolture di artisti di altissimo livello e di ogni ramo del sapere. Solo per citare qualche nome possiamo ricordare Machiavelli, Alfieri(tomba di Canova, 1810), Michelangelo (tomba del Vasari, 1570), il sepolcro di Galileo Galilei (tomba di Vincenzo Viviani, 1737).

C'è anche il bel monumento a Dante Alighieri. Manca solo Lui. A proposito, ravennati, guardate di rendercelo!

La facciata è di marmo colorato di carrara ed è stata disegnata da Cronaca (1857-63), mentre il campanile della chiesa è di Baccani (1965).

 

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Authors: Aglionby, William, d. 1705 Dibner, Bern donor Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574 Lives of the most eminent painters

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We went to Arezzo and it was closed....

 

Arezzo- Birthplace of Petrarch and Giorgio Vasari...Location of the amazing fresco cycle in the Church of s. Francesco, depicting the Story of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca.

Chamber of Giants

Palazzo Te - Mantua

 

Wicked and presumptuous earthly inhabitants, the giants planned to overthrow the gods. In order to reach the top of Mount Olympus they piled mount Ossa on top of mount Pelion and began to climb.

Aided by Juno, Jupiter takes his revenge, punishing the giants by unleashing the fury of the elements against them and striking them with his thunderbolts

Lower down mountains, buildings and temples are collapsing around the Giants’ broken bodies.

 

The Chamber of the Giants is the most famous and most arresting room in the palazzo. Unique in the history of modern art, Giulio Romano’s daringly experimental painting here has remained without parallel for centuries.

The room is conceived as a single space in which decoration and reality overlap. On entering one is plunged directly into the story.

The archaeological boundaries are concealed by the painting as the walls, vault, and originally the floor, merge without distinction. Vasari tells us in fact that the floor was made of river pebbles that continued, painted, around the base of the walls.

Ponte Vecchio, Firenze.

The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.

The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times. After being destroyed by a flood in 1117 it was reconstructed in stone but swept away again in 1333 save two of its central piers, it was rebuilt in 1345. In order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's town hall) with the Palazzo Pitti, in 1565 Cosimo I de' Medici had Giorgio Vasari build the Vasari Corridor above it. To enforce the prestige of the bridge, in 1593 the Medici Grand Dukes prohibited butchers from selling there; their place was immediately taken by several gold merchants.

During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio was not destroyed by Germans during their retreat of August 4, 1944, unlike all other bridges in Florence.Access was, however, obstructed by the destruction of the buildings at both ends, which have since been rebuilt using a combination of original and modern design.

The bridge consists of three segmental arches: the main arch has a span of 30 meters (98 feet) the two side arches each span 27 meters (89 feet). The rise of the arches is between 3.5 and 4.4 meters (11½ to 14½ feet).

Salviati was born and died in Florence. He apprenticed under Giuliano Bugiardini, Baccio Bandinelli, Raffaele Brescianino, and finally Andrea del Sarto in 1529-1530. By 1531, he travels to Rome where he is met by his contemporary Bandinelli pupil, Giorgio Vasari, and helps complete the frescoes on the Life of John the Baptist in the Palazzo Salviati for the Cardinal Giovanni Salviati

Uno dei simboli di Firenze è sicuramente Ponte Vecchio, il ponte più antico della città. La struttura attuale risale al Trecento, ma il primo ponte - quello romano - fu costruito nel I secolo a.C. nel punto in cui l'Arno era più stretto: appare certo che attorno a Ponte Vecchio si sia sviluppata la colonia romana di Florentia. Nel corso dei secoli, Ponte Vecchio ospitò dapprima le botteghe dei conciatori, poi quelle dei macellai e verdurai. Intorno al 1495 - per volere dei Medici - le botteghe furono occupate da orafi e gioiellieri e così è ancor oggi. Al centro del ponte si aprono suggestive panoramiche sull’Arno, su entrambi i lati delle arcate. Sopra il ponte corre il Corridoio Vasariano che collega Palazzo Pitti alla Galleria degli Uffizi. Forse per pura fortuna, Ponte Vecchio è l’unico ponte di Firenze che sia stato risparmiato dai tedeschi nella loro ritirata del 1944.

  

FLORENCE Ponte Vecchio ... ... (photo G. L. Cos.)

One of the symbols of Florence is definitely the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. The present structure dates from the fourteenth century, but the first bridge - one in Rome - was built in the first century BC where the Arno was narrower: it seems certain that around the Ponte Vecchio has developed the Roman colony of Florentia. Over the centuries, the Old Bridge hosted the workshops of the first tanners, butchers and greengrocers then those of. Around 1495 - the Medici - the shops were occupied by goldsmiths and jewelers, and so it is today. At the center of the bridge opens wonderful views over the Arno, on both sides of the arches. Above the bridge runs the Vasari Corridor that connects the Pitti Palace to the Uffizi Gallery. Perhaps by luck, Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that was spared by the Germans in their retreat in 1944.

 

Florencia Ponte Vecchio ... ... (foto G. L. Cos.)

Uno de los símbolos de Florencia es sin duda el Ponte Vecchio, el puente más antiguo de la ciudad. La estructura actual data del siglo XIV, pero el primer puente - uno en Roma - fue construido en el siglo I aC donde el Arno era más estrecho: parece cierto que todo el Ponte Vecchio ha desarrollado la colonia romana de Florentia. Durante siglos, el Puente Viejo organizó los talleres de los curtidores primera carnicería, frutería y luego las de. Alrededor de 1495 - de los Medici - las tiendas estaban ocupadas por los orfebres y joyeros, y por lo que es hoy en día. En el centro del puente se abre maravillosas vistas sobre el río Arno, a ambos lados de los arcos. Sobre el puente corre el Corredor de Vasari que une el Palacio Pitti de la Galleria degli Uffizi. Tal vez por suerte, el Ponte Vecchio es el único puente de Florencia que se salvó por los alemanes en su retirada en 1944.

The ancients in their niches along the walls of the Portico degli Uffizi leading to the River Arno. Their eternal gestures frozen in stone. The moderns....oblivious perhaps.......

 

Aside from the exquisite light that was streaming in through the colonnades, the view of the facades to the other side of the Arno - beyond the people in the distance - caught my attention. Everywhere one looks in Florence the mind is inspired by the arts. What an amazing city!

 

You can see my other shots of Florence (with travel tips regarding some of my favorite sites) here: www.flickr.com/photos/44548980@N00/sets/72157624698578316/

  

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The three visible statues in the niches are, from left to right:

 

Macchiavelli: e-urope.physics.lsa.umich.edu/tours/florence/uffizi/macch...

 

Guido Aretino: e-urope.physics.lsa.umich.edu/tours/florence/uffizi/areti...

 

Amerigo Vespucci: e-urope.physics.lsa.umich.edu/tours/florence/uffizi/vespu...

 

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Here's more information about this iconic place along the Arno: www.aviewoncities.com/florence/uffizi.htm

 

And: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffizi .... here's an excerpt: Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates — hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). Construction was continued to Vasari's design by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and ended in 1581. The cortile (internal courtyard) is so long and narrow, and open to the Arno River at its far end through a Doric screen that articulates the space without blocking it, that architectural historians[1] treat it as the first regularized streetscape of Europe. Vasari, a painter as well as architect, emphasized the perspective length by the matching facades' continuous roof cornices, and unbroken cornices between storeys and the three continuous steps on which the palace-fronts stand. The niches in the piers that alternate with columns were filled with sculptures of famous artists in the 19th century.

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Firenze, “Il giudizio universale”, affresco interno della cupola del Brunelleschi, opera di Giorgio Vasari

Basilica di Santa Croce, Firenze.

 

The Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its most notable features are its sixteen chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils, and its tombs and cenotaphs. Legend says that Santa Croce was founded by St Francis himself. The construction of the current church, to replace an older building, was begun on 12 May 1294, possibly by Arnolfo di Cambio, and paid for by some of the city's wealthiest families. It was consecrated in 1442 by Pope Eugene IV. The building's design reflects the austere approach of the Franciscans. The floorplan is an Egyptian or Tau cross (a symbol of St Francis), 115 metres in length with a nave and two aisles separated by lines of octagonal columns. To the south of the church was a convent, some of whose buildings remain.

The Primo Chiostro, the main cloister, houses the Cappella dei Pazzi, built as the chapter house, completed in the 1470s. Filippo Brunelleschi (who had designed and executed the dome of the Duomo) was involved in its design which has remained rigorously simple and unadorned.

In 1560, the choir screen was removed as part of changes arising from the Counter-Reformation and the interior rebuilt by Giorgio Vasari. As a result, there was damage to the church's decoration and most of the altars previously located on the screen were lost.

The bell tower was built in 1842, replacing an earlier one damaged by lightning. The neo-Gothic marble façade, by Nicolò Matas, dates from 1857-1863.

A Jewish architect Niccolo Matas from Ancona, designed the church's 19th century neo-Gothic facade, working a prominent Star of David into the composition. Matas had wanted to be buried with his peers but because he was Jewish, he was buried under the porch and not within the walls.

In 1866, the complex became public property, as a part of government suppression of most religious houses, following the wars that gained Italian independence and unity.

The Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce is housed mainly in the refectory, also off the cloister. A monument to Florence Nightingale stands in the cloister, in the city in which she was born and after which she was named. Brunelleschi also built the inner cloister, completed in 1453.

In 1966, the Arno River flooded much of Florence, including Santa Croce. The water entered the church bringing mud, pollution and heating oil. The damage to buildings and art treasures was severe, taking several decades to repair.

 

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Lungarno degli Archibusieri, Firenze.

"Ponte Vecchio" = Old Bridge. This is a Medieval stone bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy. Butchers initially occupied the shops. The powerful Medici Family built the Vasari's Corridor (above the bridge and entirely enclosed) in order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's town hall) with the Palazzo Pitti. Allegedly, after the Vasari Corridor was built, the smell from the butcher shops would waft into the corridor on hot summer days so they evicted the butchers. Subsequently, jewelers moved in. The current storefronts are occupied by jewelers, art dealers and souvenir stands.

 

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