Monday, March 24, 2008

Legends and Lasagne

On our last day in Florence we visited Michelangelo's tomb. (Real name; Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) The tomb is really beautiful in its mixture of freezes, painting, and sculpture. It sits inside the Basilica of Santa Croce next to other noted famous Italians like Galileo and Ghiberti. Michelangelo died in 1564 having lived in the heart of the renaissance period in the city of the birth of the renaissance and having become an archetypal renaissance man. He was a painter, sculpture, architect, and poet having wrote over 300 sonnets and 48 funeral epigrams, and many many love poems. Many contempary artists contributed to the sculptures and paintings of his tomb including the bust of his likeness resting at the top so everyone can stare into the face of a true legend, and we did. (Just after we had lasagne).

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