Accidental Art Tour

July 14th, 2014 § 0 comments

For my Mother’s 70th birthday our family took her to Italy. She’s Italian and had never been there, so it was an important trip for us. I decided that taking an organized tour would be the best way to ensure family bliss and proceeded to walk through hour upon hour of our tour guide informing us about Roman history. We made our way through every church and castle, but once we got to Florence thankfully art become the focus. The incredible statues in Piazza della Signoria date back to the 16th century, although the square has been a gathering place since the 1300′s. In the Uffuzi Gallery a permanent exhibition of the dynastic collection of the Medici family houses the largest group of Renaissance masterpieces including works by Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Artemis from the year 160AD, the goddess of childbirth and the protector of young girls, in the Vatican Museum.

Artemis from the year 160AD, the goddess of childbirth and the protector of young girls, in the Vatican Museum.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545 AD. At the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545 AD. At the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.

Madonna of the Milk by Giuliano Bugiardini, 1518 AD. At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Madonna of the Milk by Giuliano Bugiardini, 1518 AD. At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Then on to Venice, where the first thing I noticed from my water taxi speeding down the Grand Canal was a Forever Bicycles sculpture by Ai Weiwei! Turns out that I was there just in time for the Biennale Architettura, an Irving Penn Retrospective and THREE different Ai Weiwei pieces.
#luckyme

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei, at the Venice Biennial in the gardens of Palazzo Franchetti.

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei, at the Venice Biennial in the gardens of Palazzo Franchetti.

Alternative View

Alternative View

Escalator/Rainbow Rain by Vidya Gastaldon at Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The sculpture is made from string and yarn and hung from wooden lime tree sticks.

Escalator/Rainbow Rain by Vidya Gastaldon at Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The sculpture is made from string and yarn and hung from wooden lime tree sticks.

Cuzco Peru Children by Irving Penn, 1948. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Cuzco Peru Children by Irving Penn, 1948. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Two Guedras by Irving Penn, 1971. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Two Guedras by Irving Penn, 1971. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Street Art in Rome

Street Art in Rome

Lori's selfie in front of Non-Object a 4 sided stainless steel by Anish Kapoor.

Selfie in front of Non-Object a 4 sided stainless steel by Anish Kapoor.

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