Mannerist art – an unexpected delight

Coming to Florence my main aim was to learn more about, and rejoice in, the art of the High Renaissance. Our course provided ample opportunity with lectures on the triumvirate who have come to be synonymous with that period - Michaelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. We were able to witness first hand the incredible art, both … Continue reading Mannerist art – an unexpected delight

Santa Maria Novella – a fusion of the beautiful arts

Florence has it all. In the Uffizi one can feast on a stunning collection of Renaissance paintings. The Accademia is home to the towering ‘David’ and other sculptures by Michaelangelo. This giant of the High Renaissance along with other major sculptors are represented in the magnificent collections of the Bargello. The street are studded with … Continue reading Santa Maria Novella – a fusion of the beautiful arts

The meaning hidden within ‘The Last Supper’

‘The Last Supper’ is one of the most familiar religious representations of Renaissance art. The most famous version is that of Leonardo da Vinci in Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan. Here in Florence, I am told, there are seven versions and I have been fortunate to see them all in the last few days. … Continue reading The meaning hidden within ‘The Last Supper’

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination

So said Nelson Mandela. As my studies in Florence continue, I find myself in agreement. Take a look at this image and, as you do, be aware of your immediate responses to it. So, what do you see? Does this image make you feel anything? For me, I get both an intellectual and an emotional response. … Continue reading A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination