On the first night in Florence, we walked to a big square by The Uffizi and lining one of the sides was a statue of The David. I remember thinking that it was odd that this famous statue is just sitting outside exposed to the elements. I asked about this and found out that this in fact is not the real David. And that the one I was staring at was smaller than the real thing, which simply blew my mind because it was already so big.
The next day when my team went to the Academia, I was able to see the real David, which was housed only a few blocks from where we were staying. In person, I was in awe. Not only is it massive, but it is insanely detailed. Had it not been made of marble, I would of thought it to be real. My group was fascinated by him and spent a long time just taking it all. I had trouble even wrapping my mind around the fact that this was made so long ago. You will never see sculptures like that made today. How in the world was Michelangelo able to turn this almost discarded piece of marble into one of the greatest statues of all time without the technology we have today?
Throughout the rest of the stay in Florence, this same question continued to come to my mind. These artists did incredible things that cannot be replicated today. And it is not just the art, but also the buildings. The Duomo is an amazing site. The dome, which is it famous for, is actually two domes on top of each other to make it appear bigger. I was able to walk between these two on the way to the top, the whole time thinking: how did they think to do this? It is truly a work of art. There minds were extraordinary.
We also visited the museum of science, next to The Uffizi. Housed there is Galileo’s finger and his tooth! Never thought I’d be seeing that. One of my favorite things in that museum was the globe section. They were massive, but they creator of them made even bigger. The ones I was looking at were .5 to 1 meter wide, which is big enough, but then I learned that he also made one for a king of France that was 4 meters wide. Everything in Florence is bigger I have learned. The churches, the art, the statues, the history. All of it taking up tremendous parts of the city.
You might have noticed that I only listed 2 Davids while the title of this blog mentions 3. The last David is location at Piazzale Michelangelo, which overlooks the entire city of Florence. They say that this replica is there protect the city. It was the last place we went before leaving Florence, just after an amazing boat ride down the Arno. It was the perfect last place to go.
Catch you later,