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February 11, 2019

Art and Love in Florence

All the works and the stories that will awaken your senses

Our way of art, love and sensuality starts in the Uffizi: la Venere di Urbino (stored in room 28 of Titian and Sebastiano del Piombo) is an oil painting on canvas by Titian, dated to 1538. The goddess of Tiziano is the first call to love: firmly fixed in the observer, heedless of his nakedness with a pose ambiguous, midway between modesty and the invitation. The sharp break in the dark wall behind Venus, who stops in the middle of the painting, creating a strong line of force that directs the gaze of the viewer right to the groin, then to go back along the belly and chest, until the eye. In the halls 10-14 of the Gallery are two masterpieces by Botticelli: Primavera and La nascita di Venere, a double ode to love and beauty. Love is mythologically deified is found in Madonna di Filippo Lippi, in which the artist depicts his beloved, (la Madonna con il bambino e gli Angeli said Lippina, room 8 of the second floor of the gallery) and in the portrait of Lucrezia Pucci Panciatichi by Bronzino (Room 64 First Floor Gallery) of Cosimo I love but not married anteponendole the reason of state.

 The Loggia dei Lanzi, next to the Uffizi, unveils a monument sublime to the sensuality: Il Ratto delle Sabine by Giambologna (the mold is kept at the Accademia Gallery).The Accademia Gallery, the Grandstand of David, we find the delicacy of Dafne e Cloe of Ulisse Cambi, the rate of year-end academic executed in Rome, is shown in 1834 in Florence. The mythological comes from the "Pastoral Loves of Daphnis and Chloe," ancient greek text Longo Sophist. Always Academy, the gallery of Prisons - which takes its name from two figures in marble by Michelangelo of superb sensuality - holds another hymn to love, Venere e Cupido by Pontormo. The two figures embody the Renaissance theory of love: the love plot driven by the senses (Cupid), and heavenly love (Venus) addressed to the divine.

Finally moving in Oltrarno, choose a stopover Piazza Santo Spirito for a final tribute to love. Here it is said one of the most romantic stories of the city, to Dianora de 'Bardi, the daughter of a rich wealthy family, and Ippolito Buontalenti. The two fell in love, but their love lived in a clandestine manner, the rivalry between the families. The legend speaks of stolen kisses, arrampicamenti night, open windows, arrests and so on, right up to the wedding.

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