this sculpture by Donatello. Of course we also went to see Michelangelo's David in the Accademia if Firenze (great if you like primitives) but I was disappointed. Like Botticelli's and Tiziano's paintings above it's a nude, but the idea of making the head oversized to compensate for the perspective didn't do it for me. Donatello also made his Saint Mark (Orsanmichele's church) in such a way that its optimal viewing was from below, but it looks more natural to me. Not that natural is neccesary or preferable...But the story about this sculpture is funny. When the officials that commisioned the statue saw it they had all sorts of suggestions to Donatello how to improve it. Donatello said he would do the needful but never touched the statue. When it was placed in the niche the viewpoint from below was so different and convincing that the commissioners were very pleased with the final result, not knowing DOnatello had never changed anything.

The main cathedral of Florence is a magnificent building. We often refer to is as the Duomo, although the crazy genius Brunelleschi constructed the dome a century after the main building had been completed. Anyway, this church dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore is wonderful, with the bell tower of Giotto to further complete the scene. And then there are the mosaics (please do click on the picture to see the enlargement...). But don't think they are byzantine...they were conceived by Nicolò Barabino in the late 19th century...

After visiting the Uffizi (and in a way that was quite disappointing), we started a walk around Firenze.