The Big Guy

That refers either to Michelangelo’s David or to the sandwich I had for lunch.  I’ll let you decide, but I should point out we got one apiece (sandwich) and we still have 1.5 sandwich remaining.

There is only one David, though there are myriad copies.

David

David

David vs. Sandwich

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The day was spent in the Galleria dell ‘Accademia (home of the David), the Basicala di Santa Maria del Fiore (the church with the big dome), and the Galleria degli Uffizi (home of Venus on the Halfshell).

Birth of Venus

Birth of Venus

We also went into a couple of other churches, one of which was a converted grainery and was square instead of cross shaped.  It was actually more interesting inside than the Duomo, which mostly has size going for it.

Alter in the grain church.

Alter in the grain church.

After a week of walking on stone streets, including three trips in one day up the hill across the Arno that overlooks the city, my back is sore.  Next we ride bikes through the Tuscan countryside.

I’ll conclude today’s entry with pictures (in most cases pictures of pictures).  Pithy comments extra.

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Stradivarius viola.

Stradivarius viola

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Playing it

Fat baby Jesus.

Fat baby Jesus

Imagine how some religions would react to such a depiction of their major prophet.

Rare panel by Michelangelo

Rare panel by Michelangelo

Helga among the Rembrandts.

Helga among the Rembrandts.

Self portraits.

Self portraits.

Pretty sure I did that same shot surreptitiously in Raleigh a few years back.

Neat arrangement in the sculpture training room.

Neat arrangement in the sculpture training room.

Translation is "Little Larry"

Translation is “Little Larry”

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