We went for our HSG on Tuesday. There’s a long post in the works about that, but I’m waiting to get Roo’s okay before I post it. In the meantime, here are some more Italy pictures.
This cathedral is, as Tadpole would say, “hugenormous!” We had seen pictures before, but didn’t really understand the size of it until we were standing in front of it. It’s also an engineering marvel. The walls were built in the 1300s, but at the time no one knew how the domed ceiling could be put on, since a dome that big had not been created since Roman times. Filippo Brunelleschi, whose training was as a goldsmith, figured out how to make the dome in the 1400s, and did it without a wooden scaffolding holding the whole thing up.
The David statue as another thing that I was not expecting to be wowed by. But it was really really big and really really beautiful (even if one is not as into naked men as Michelangelo was…)
We climbed to the top of the dome and on our way up got a closer-up view of the frescoes on the ceiling. There were some really beautiful bits, as well as some really disturbing pictures of hell.
This was one of my favorite pieces of art from the whole trip (and since Roo’s gig as an art teacher is what was paying for the trip, we saw a lot of art!). It’s a very moving and contemporary-looking piece made by Donatello in the 1400s.
This enormous building contains seven different museums. We made it through three of them before becoming completely overwhelmed. In the Palatine Gallery, the walls were stuffed floor-to-ceiling with Renaissance artwork, plus there were paintings of various mythological scenes on the ceilings. In the Costume Museum there were clothes that were hundreds of year old–including the clothes that several members of the Medici family had been buried in in the 1500s. We never did find out why they dug them back up…
The sculptures in the Grotto were fascinating and strange and looked like they were part-stalactite.