A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Niccolò dell’Arca is the perfect example of the joys of trying to nail down even the most basic of details of early Renaissance artists. As in, no joy, because no one can decide on anything, from where he’s from to where he worked to when he completed certain works. Is he from Apuglia or Bari? Did he spend time in Dalmatia or were some of … Continue reading A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

The Gilded Portico

Via Farini and the neighboring streets and palazzi are where you head when you want to do some seriously high-end shopping in Bologna. Even if you can’t afford to do more than sniff some of the perfumes or carefully caress some of the clothing, you can always window shop. Best of all, you can feel a bit like royalty without even going inside the stores. … Continue reading The Gilded Portico

Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

First off, for those who are religious, forgive me for being a bit irreverent. None of this is meant as mocking, just my silly sense of humor. They’re all odds and ends that I found interesting during my visit to Santa Maria Novella in Florence, but they don’t really fit in any one blog post. I do have other posts I’d love to write, but … Continue reading Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

I have what feels like a million photos of Santa Maria Novella and don’t know what to do with them all. We easily spent at least two hours wandering around inside and out while we were in Florence the other week. There are some photos that deserve their own post, others could be grouped, but I don’t want to overwhelm with too many pictures at … Continue reading Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

Giants Guarding the Door

Beware all ye who enter the Palazzo dei Bargellini. Two giants stand before you, guarding the entrance. Well, really they’re not so much guarding as having a bit of a pose-off. But they are huge! Obviously, these two figures stand out and when I saw a photo of them earlier this year, I knew I had to see them for myself. However, they became yet … Continue reading Giants Guarding the Door