Florence, a real treasure for you who loves the Renaissance. This city is embellished with palaces and cathedrals from the cultural movement of the Renaissance (14th century to early 17th century). Many of the greatest artists of this age studied and worked in Florence, like for instance Michelangelo, Leonardo and Botticelli.
• Inspired by Classical Roman architecture and design.
It is here in Florence that the Renaissance began and here it has left a great mark.
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (also called Florence Cathedral) 1296 to 1462. It's a cathedral that has been worked on by many artists. It's mainly known for its dome, created by architect Filippo Brunelleschi.
Ospedale Degli Innocenti
Probably one of Filippo Brunelleschi's most known works is the children's hospital Ospedale Degli Innocenti, 1424 to 1445.
A church by architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Established from 1429 to 1461.
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
By architect Leon Battista Alberti. The main rail way station that is situated across of the church has the same name. Basilica of Santa Maria Novella are a mix of the gothic and renaissance styles. Built 1456 to 1470.
Church of San Spirito
It was established from the year 1434 to 1482, another church by the architect Filippo Brunelleschi and is one of the many renaissance churches in Florence.
Benedetto da Maiano is the architect behinf the palace Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. It was started in 1489 and completed 1539.
Leonardo da Vinci
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was an Italian anatomist, architect, botanist, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician, painter, polymath, sculptor, scientist and writer.
The Baptism of Christ (1472–1475) is a painting da Vinci did with Verrocchio. It's is located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Annunciation (1475–1480) in Uffizi.
The Adoration of the Magi (1481-1482).
In the early Renaissance, Lorenzo Ghiberti, an Italian artist was born in Florence. In 1401 he won a competition for the first set of bronze doors for the Baptistery of the cathedral in Florence. The runner up was Filippo Brunelleschi.
"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”
Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) was active as a painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.
Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence
The Statue of David was completed by Michelangelo in 1504. Can be seen in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.
Michelangelo's own tomb can be visited in Basilica of Santa Croce of Florence.
Sandro Botticelli (1445 - 1510) was an Italian painter.
One of Botticelli's most known works is the painting "The Birth of Venus", 1486. It's located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Simonetta Vespucci was a model for this painting and she is illustrated in many of Botticelli's paintings.
The Primavera, 1482, can also be seen in the Uffizi Gallery.
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