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Colosso dell'Appennino del Giambologna
Vi lavorarono oltre a Bernardo Buontalenti, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Valerio Cioli, Vincenzo Danti e il Giambologna, che eseguì il capolavoro del Colosso dell'Appennino (1580 circa). Questo, che rimane l'esempio più pregevole degli arredi originali, è alto 14 metri, con la parte bassa occupata da una grotta esagona dalla quale si accede, mediante una scala, al vano ricavato nella parte alta del corpo e nella testa, che all'interno prende luce dagli occhi stessi. All'esterno, la statua è ornata di spugne e concrezioni calcaree, dalle quali versava l'acqua nella piscina sottostante. Il Drago fu aggiunto da Giovan Battista Foggini nel Seicento.

Alle spalle dell'Appennino si trovava il grande labirinto d'alloro, mentre sul davanti si apriva un ampio prato, con ai lati collocate ventisei antiche sculture.

Si narra che, visto il risultato ottenuto con il Colosso dell'Appennino, fu coniata la celebre frase che recita: "Giambologna fece l'Appennino ma si pentì d'averlo fatto a Pratolino." Questo non perché Pratolino non si meritasse tale magnificenza ma semplicemente perché se l'Appennino si fosse trovato in piazza della Signoria a Firenze o in qualsiasi altra "piazza principale" di una città importante sarebbe oggi una delle attrazioni più note al mondo.
Firenze  Bears  Italiano  Statues  Parks  Labyrinths 
4 weeks ago by dbourn
English Cemetery in Florence (including Theodore Parker's grave)
The Protestant Cemetery of Florence at Piazzale Donatello is situated on a small hill near Florence's Pinti Gate. First established in 1827, it only acquired its gatehouse in 1860 when more land was granted to it. Despite its connection with the Swiss Evangelical church, it came to be known as the English Cemetery because of "the prestige of Victorian England" and because of all the English people buried here (Santini 7). The cemetery was in use mainly from 1838-77, and although some important non-Catholics of other nationalities are buried here — including the American sculptor Hiram Powers (1805-1873) and the American Transcendentalist and abolitionist Theodore Parker (1810-1860) — over half the graves are occupied by members of the Anglo-Florentine community of that period.
Firenze  Italy  Cemeteries  Theodore  Parker  UUs 
6 weeks ago by dbourn
The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective
The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective symposium will focus on the transformative effects of this disaster on the preservation field, and in doing so examine the enduring lessons of a half-century of innovative materials research, professional practice, and education and training. The symposium will explore three deeply related aspects of preservation and conservation over the past fifty years: 1) the development of new knowledge through research and practice; 2) the cross-generational exchange of practice-based experimentation on care and treatment, ranging from salvage (triage), development of a phased approach to collections care, conservation of rare artifacts (treatment), and mitigation and prevention (security and environment); and 3) scholarship, synthesis, and knowledge transmission through formal and continuing education. The goals of the symposium are to deepen our understanding of advances in conservation practice and science, preservation strategies, and education and training, as well as to crystalize the most important lessons of these advances for the care and handling of digital resources.
Firenze  Italy  Archives 
december 2017 by dbourn
Com'è mangiare davvero in una trappola per turisti a Firenze
Si parla tanto di scontrini stellari e cibo mediocre, ma come si mangia davvero un ristorante per turisti?
Firenze  Food 
november 2017 by dbourn
Ronald G. Witt, Who Gave the Renaissance a New Birthdate, Dies at 84
The “traditional book culture,” as he put it in “The Two Latin Cultures,” one nourished in cathedrals and monasteries, began to rely on classical models in teaching grammar. At the same time, the lay practitioners of public speech — the lawyers and notaries who composed speeches and public letters for political officials — continued to consult medieval manuals of rhetoric.

The two cultures did not proceed in succession, with literary humanism superseding the medieval, scholastic world of the law, he argued. Rather, he said, they coexisted and eventually intertwined.

Turning his attention to historical and literary developments in the city-state of Padua in the 13th century, Professor Witt, in “‘In the Footsteps of the Ancients,’” pushed the birth of humanism back more than 50 years from its traditional date in the mid-14th century.

Going back even further in time, he argued that the humanist project of the Paduan poets Lovato dei Lovati and Albertino Mussato could not be understood without reference to literary changes of a century or more before them. By this reckoning, Petrarch, far from being the founding father of humanism, belonged to its third generation.
Renaissance  Italy  Petrarch  Humanism  History  Firenze 
april 2017 by dbourn
Orvieto: another jewel in Umbria
Situated in the province of Terni in south-west Umbria, Orvieto stands on the summit of a large outcrop of volcanic tufa rock, roughly halfway between Rome and Florence.
Roma  Firenze  Orvieto  Italy 
april 2014 by dbourn
Che fine ha fatto Miss Kitty?
Giovanbattista Brambilla's article for Pride magazine in Italy on an exhibit in Milan and Florence.
Queer  Italian  Arts  Giovanbattista  Brambilla  Milano  Firenze 
march 2014 by dbourn

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