Ciao Italia – A little angel makes a big noise

This famous image is a painting by Rosso Fiorentino entitled “Angelo musicante”. I saw it today at the Uffizi Gallery. We see this little cutie in many forms – posters, mugs, inspirational books. It’s telling that when I googled it – more art poster sites came up than scholarly websites. Like the “Mona Lisa”, it … Read more

Ciao Italia – Visiting the Galleria Uffizi

One of the highlights of my trip to the Galleria Uffizi were the Botticelli’s – “La Primavera (Spring)” and “Birth of Venus”. Botticelli was one of the first painters of his time who painted scenes from Greek and Roman myths as opposed to soley biblical scenes. These two paintings are lovely depictions of beauty and … Read more

Ciao Italia – The most bella man!

The next stop on my first day here in Florence was to the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is the home of Michelangelo’s DAVID. A little history courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art. “When in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, Michelangelo carved the first of his major works, the Bacchus (Florence, Bargello) and … Read more

Titian’s pale and fleshy beauties on the market

Diana and Actaeon (1556 – 1559) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Diana and Callisto (1556 – 1559) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, these paintings are part of a group of six that Titian produced for Philip II of Spain between 1556 and 1559. Revered for their dramatic energy and Titian’s striking palette, they … Read more