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Elizabeth is a Social Media and Creative Director at The Hudsucker. The Vancouver-based storyteller loves to explore her passions for music, film, literature, fashion, art, travel, and people. She is a human jukebox, an old soul who's young at heart, and a crazy corgi lady. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @ElizabethThe.

Indulging in Florence’s Must-See Artistic Masterpieces

Under the Tuscan sun is where one can discover the birthplace of the Renaissance — Florence. The capital of the Italy’s region of Tuscany is rife with the legacies of renowned Renaissance figures such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Donatello, Botticelli, Titian, and Giambologna, all of whom projected the ideals of the flourishing period of cultural rebirth and revival into their artwork.

A treasure trove for art lovers, Florence is the keeper of many of the greatest artistic masterpieces of the Western world. On display at Galleria dell’Accademia is the iconic Michelangelo’s David, which towers at 14-feet tall in all of his glowing marble fame and glory. Lesser known is that Museo Nazionale del Bargello also holds two bronze David sculptures — by Donatello and by Verrocchio — to complete the trifecta of tributes to the Biblical hero. For the best in paintings and portraits, Uffizi is the gallery to go to for the opportunity to gawk at breathtaking beauties such as Donatello’s “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera.” As well, the city’s various squares and streets are filled with art at every turn.

In Piazza della Signoria, visitors will find the open-air sculpture gallery of Loggia dei Lanzi guarded by a pair of lions, the symbolic animal and good luck charm of Florence. Right next door at Palazzo Vecchio stands a replica of Michelangelo’s David, which guards the palace’s entrance alongside a sculpture of the god Hercules and the giant Cacus.

Here are a selection of photographs of the marvelous sculptures and glorious paintings waiting to be seen in Florence, Italy.

All photographs were taken by Elizabeth Rosalyn The unless otherwise stated.

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3 Comments on “Indulging in Florence’s Must-See Artistic Masterpieces”

  1. frompillartoposts June 1, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Great Post! I’m not always the biggest fan or seeing art in galleries, but there is no denying that these are some real beauties. Florence is the next place I want to visit in Italy. Need to just find the time (and money) now!

    • Elizabeth Rosalyn The June 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks for reading! Everything from the artwork to the architecture in Florence is awe-inspiring. Hope you get to go soon!

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