Murray's Handbook of Florence and Its Environs

Murray's Handbook of Florence and Its Environs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ... among which the bronze equestrian one of Cosimo I. is one of the finest works of Giovanni di Bologna. Cosimo was the actual founder of the Medicean line of Grand Dukes, under whose rule, during two centuries (1537-1737), liberty ceased to exist, and commerce, agriculture, industry, and the fine arts declined. Nearer to the Palace is the celebrated fountain of Neptune, by Ammanato. It is usually called (at least by the common people) the fountain of the giant; and certainly the god is of rather disproportionate magnitude. The horses of the car are exceedingly spirited. On the site of this fountain stood the Ringhiera, or tribune, from whence the orators of the Republic harangued the assembled people. The David, by Michael Angelo, is on the l.-hand side of the doorway of the Palazzo Vecchio. The powerful hand of the great sculptor is visible in it, and the grand air that is given to the figure by the turn and expression of the head andthroat justly claims our admiration; but it is not one of Michael Angela's finest works. It was executed under very unfavourable circumstances, Buonarotti having been commissioned by _the Gonfaloniere, Pietro Soderini, to employ a block of marble belonging to the State, which had been already worked upon by Simone da Fiesole for a different subject. This will account for the rather attenuated figure, making the head appear too large. Another colossal group, of Hercules subduing Cacus, by Baccio Bandinelli, flanks the opposite side of the entrance to the Palazzo. The Marzocco, or Lion, is by Donatello. The Loggia de' Lanzi is a noble specimen of the transition style: it was commenced in 1376, from the designs of Orgagna, whose name it also bears, and a year after his death, by Benci di Cione, more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236775406
  • 9781236775405