Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Beauty of David's Behind

Nobody takes a picture of David from the behind. Well I did because I’m convinced that Michelangelo spent just as much time on the back as he did on the front. And looking at David (from the front or behind) you really understand the Renaissance. You see him in all his detail and glory and you just say to yourself, I get it. Famously Michelangelo knew David was a masterpiece and as the story of David is that he defeated the Goliath, Michelangelo had him turning to face the direction of Rome in a cheeky declaration of Florence saying “I can do anything you can do better". You can see that in his eyes; take a picture of those too.

The next image is of the bridge Ponte Vecchio. Ponte Vecchio literally translates to 'old bridge'. It is the oldest bridge still standing in Florence built in 1345. The windows you see at the top are actually bit of a city secret. The Medici’s had a special private hallway built from their offices to their residence that went over the street level. This way the richest and most powerful family could avoid having to walk among the common people. Italians have special relationships with their bridges. In general Italians are suppositious and romantic at the same time. They believe that if they are in love and they put a lock on the bridge and throw away the key into the river, that their love will last forever.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I wanted to leave an appropriate comment about David's buns, but I will be good. I wouldn't want anyone to think poorly of your favorite aunt/other mom...