The SACI sculpture class could have spent the entire summer term just visiting sculptures, monuments, and museums in Florence to see and study the work of the masters. How better to understand art than to see it in person? Florence sets a stage for anyone interested in art and architecture and is a live museum. All one has to do is walk out the front door. Here are some of the local sites visited by the class this summer.
The sculpture class and instructor John Taylor visited the Accademia Gallery where they not only visited the David, but also many other classical and even some contemporary sculpture. They saw more of Michelangelo’s work at the Medici Chapels in the San Lorenzo complex, just steps away from SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni. A mortuary chapel for members of the Medici family, this site features tombs by Michelangelo with sculptural figures of the four times of day: dawn, dusk, day, and night.
They also visited the famous bronze doors of the Baptistry. The south doors are by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Michelangelo called these east doors the Gates of Paradise. The Italian poet Dante and many other notable Renaissance figures, including members of the Medici family, were baptized in this baptistry.
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