This week I went to the Uffizi and Bargello. The Uffizi could probably be compared to the Met in New York City, but is mainly Renaissance paintings. It is absolutely insane in there with tons and tons of tour groups! While my professor was telling us about one thing, another group next to us was hearing about the same or painting next to it in a completely different language, like Korean. It was crazy but the art was beautiful! I saw countless Madonnas, crucifixes and altarpieces, but each one was beautiful. All of them use more gilding than you ever thought was possible. After class I walked around a bit and saw Botticelli’s Venus. O M G it was more beautiful than I imagined it would be. The colors were vibrant pastels, Venus’ skin was glowing and the expressions on all of the figures were so realistic. I can’t wait to go back in a few weeks to look at it again!

Today, my class went to the Bargello. I really really really liked the Bargello, partly because it was much less crowded. The artwork in the Bargello is mainly statues, many by Donatello and Michelangelo. There were also lots of ceramics by de la Robbia-they are blue and white, and are copied everywhere but are incredibly beautiful and vibrant. I had never looked at statues so closely before and it amazed me how detailed and accurate all of these marble and bronze works of art really are. With the use of hand drills and chisels, these great Renaissance artists made life-size (or larger) figures that look like humans. It’s just incredible. I wish I had a skill like that. The Bargello has the Bronze David by Donatello, Donatello’s marble David, St. George by Donatello, Bacchus by Michelangelo, and tons of armor too! I walked around after class and loved looking at the old jewelry. I’d suggest checking out the Bargello on your trip to Florence.