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Florence Trip

Florence Trip

In February, the Removes in the Art Department travelled to Florence to study the Renaissance and Mannerist periods of Art History. We began our stay with an evening walk to the Duomo followed by a visit to Orsanmichele. Over the three following days we visited many of the top sites including a lot of churches, including the Church of San  Lorenzo – with an amazing Bronzino fresco, Santa Croce, the Medici Tombs, the Duomo itself, and others.

For me an outstanding theme was the linear perspective (a 2D representation of a 3D object) being portrayed back then, in Michelangelo's work and Bronzino's paintings This was depicted through arches proceeding away from you. These arches were shown absolutely everywhere; pantings, sculptures, frescos and more for example in Santa Croce, where Michelangelo's, Dante and Gallelio's tombs were constructed with this in evidence and the linear perspective in the architecture of the piazza.

What I loved about the sculptures were the bends in their figures ( Figura Serpentiniata ) creating a sort of illusion where as you walk around a sculpture, it is fascinating at each angle, which in turn leads you around it. I also loved the Pontevechio as it was just a bridge but it had houses, shops and other heavy structures but the architecture kept it up for centuries, which is an incredible feet of design.

One of my favourite pieces of art was David by Michelangelo. This was because of its sheer scale overpowering you with its might. David was made by Michelangelo to make a statement from the religious stories that although Florence is small, it can overcome its enemies through intellect and culture and cunning.

In addition, a key factor of the trip was the food. There was a lot of lovely delicacies with the food market creating a sort of hub where everyone met to get lunch. It was fascinating with loads of different little kiosk-y type shops selling pastas and meats.

Other extra curricular highlights included Mr Ellis winning a carving contest - to receive the prize of a big bottle of wine - climbing the 414 steps of the Campanile, William Dunhill-Turner buying lots and lots in the market place. Also, Mr Ellis playing the drums in a demonstration and all of us singing in Italian, to celebrate Mrs Tuffnel’s birthday which was very funny, with our very British accents. The gelato was amazing, thick and with so many different flavours, and we enjoyed free hugs from Italian girls on Valentine's Day.

We learnt a lot in this trip and in the words of Michelangelo, "I am still learning" (aged 87).

Report by Ollie BrownC Social, Remove

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