Monday, October 14, 2013

San Lorenzo, 2013

We got a late start Friday and saw but one sight, the church of San Lorenzo, which was the Medicis' parish church. Actually it's three sights, although all under the same roof (so to speak; actually there are perhaps a dozen different buildings), but you pay three different admissions, one for the church, one for the tombs (New Sacristy), and one for the Medici libraries. We did all this in 2011: http://roadeveron.blogspot.it/2011/06/medici-tombs-palazzo-medici-riccardi.html, and http://roadeveron.blogspot.it/2011/06/return-to-san-lorenzo.html. But Vicki is a big Michaelangelo fan and the church has several items of note, so we went back again. There is a pretty strictly enforced no fotos policy--actually, more guards per square foot, I'd imagine, than the Uffizi. But I was undeterred this time.
In the Michaelangelo-designed and -decorated New
Sacristy: Night and Day or was it Day and Night?
"Night and Day, you are the one, only you 'neath the
moon or under the sun..."
















Dawn and Dusk















Madonna and Child 


















Inside the great pietra serena church, designed by
Brunelleschi even as he was doing the Duomo; passion
for geometry, balance, classicism, distaste for Gothic,
then in its flamboyant stage















Donatello panels, originally for the altar, now adorning this
and an adjacent pulpit















In a side room off the Brunelleschi-designed and Donatello-
adorned Old Sacristy...this curious view of the heavens...a
view from Florence on July 4, 1442...matched by a nearly
identical structure in the Brunelleschi-designed and Donatello-
adorned sacristy at Santa Croce...same date, which no one yet
has figured out...















As is well known, San Lorenzo never got a facade, despite
Lorenzo's (the Magnificent, not the saint) desire to have
one and Michaelangelo's design; Lorenzo died and
Michaelangelo got put onto other tasks...

















We'd been in Florence four days already and could stand it
no more...we had to have our bifstecca fiorentino; here it
is, or what's left of the original kilogram of delight

1 comment:

Tawana said...

...and another. Maybe our tour of Florence was better than I thought!

The iPad does not like the little word puzzles below because itis always trying to correct my spelling.