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:
Can Eve be far behind? No!
You know what follows. Eventually Adam is going to have to go to work.
Jubal: the beginning of sheep herding. Complete with his tent and little dog.
Jubal: the beginning of the art of music:
Tubalcain, the beginning of the art of metal work:
The Drunkenness of Noah: the beginning of wine making:
The art of building:
The art of medicine:
The art of weaving:
The beginning of law making:
Perhaps, since I spend some time teaching English online to children in China, I really liked “grammatica”
And here is Phidias, who was the first famous sculptor:
The sacrament of baptism:
Appelles, the art of painting:
And an image that soothed my soul: “Reconciliation”
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:
I love, love, love the way the madonna seems to genuinely enjoy the humor of the Christ child, as she tickles him??!!
When in Florence, you must go see these charmers!