Charmed by the late Medieval carvings at the Museo dell’opera di duomo, Firenze

Taking full advantage of the open door policy for residents, today I happily visited the cathedral’s Museo. I’m a greedy little art historian: tomorrow I will pay the museum another visit. Because I can! Oh, the luxury of living in Florence! I feel so blessed.

I was beguiled by the carvings for the cathedral, created in the 1330s, by Andrea Pisano and his workshop.  Please join me in enjoying their naive loveliness:

God creating Adam:

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Can Eve be far behind? No!

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You know what follows. Eventually Adam is going to have to go to work.

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Jubal: the beginning of sheep herding.  Complete with his tent and little dog.

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Jubal: the beginning of the art of music:

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Tubalcain, the beginning of the art of metal work:

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The Drunkenness of Noah: the beginning of wine making:

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The art of building:

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The art of medicine:

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The art of weaving:

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The beginning of law making:

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Perhaps, since I spend some time teaching English online to children in China, I really liked “grammatica”

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Here’s “architecture”

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And here is Phidias, who was the first famous sculptor:

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The sacrament of baptism:

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Appelles, the art of painting:

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And an image that soothed my soul: “Reconciliation”

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But, today, of all the stunning things I saw, I like this one best of all.  The Madonna and Child by Andrea Pisano’s workshop:

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I love, love, love the way the madonna seems to genuinely enjoy the humor of the Christ child, as she tickles him??!!

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When in Florence, you must go see these charmers!

 

One thought on “Charmed by the late Medieval carvings at the Museo dell’opera di duomo, Firenze

  1. Pingback: Museum of the Florence cathedral, part 3 | get back, lauretta!

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