Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bargello, 2013

Inside the courtyard of the great fortress of
the Bargello; originally city hall, then the
sheriff's office, then the jail, it's now home to
one of the great collections of Renaissance
sculpture and many of the assorted Medici
treasures

A Giambologna 2fer: Mercury and Bacchus














Michaelangelo's unfinished Brutus


















Michaelangelo's Tondo Pitti














Donatello's very early David


















And his mature David, the first big bronze
done since antiquity; no, I don't think it's
better than Michaelangelo's, just far more
interesting





















Donatello's St. George, formerly at the
Orsanmichelle



















In 2011, I think we focused just on the Renaissance sculpture,
missing much of the rest of an incredible museum, here, in
the Muslim room...one of Florence's major trading partners
was Ottoman Turkey

















Perhaps the biggest and best Muslim lamp
we have yet seen...all glass, 15th century



















Smaller metal sculpture














Now in the Mary Magdalene chapel with...


















Its fresco of Dante, closer up than in 2011














And this small crucifix attributed to
Michaelangelo



















In the ivory and such room, reputedly one of the West's
largest collections















From Scandinavia...a knight from a Lewis
Island chess set? we wondered



















Porcelains room...and much more














Just about every room is adorned with several
della Robbias...here's a large one in the della
Robbia room




















And not least, the Medici bronze bird collection, from one
of the country villas, done by Giambologna

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Finally, I can say, been there, done that!