From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo

From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo

In the begining of the 15c in Florence there was a man obsessed by the past, a man who used round arches and the classical order of architecture, something that had’nt been used in over a thousand years, a man who would resurrect the forgotten secrets of the past. His name was Brunelleschi, the rational genius, the engineer of the Florentine Renaissance.
I would like to dedicate a whole day to this tour about Renaissance from its beginning to the Michelangelo’s high lights, about aesthetic and philosophy in a precise historical context.
From the beginning in the piazza SS. Annunziata with the very new styled hospice Spedale degli Innocenti by Brunelleschi, the Pazzi’s family chapel in the Santa Croce basilica and the Casa Buonarotti, the museum with early Michelangelo’ s works Madonna of the stairs and the Battle of Centaurs. Than we will move to the building site of the dome of the Cathedral to accompany the young architect in the the construction of the largest dome ever built. I propose a light lunch in the shadow of the dome and than we will continue to the synthesis of renaissance architecture, represented by the church of San Lorenzo, fruit of the design of both geniuses. The church itself designed by Brunelleschi and the Laurentian Library and the Medici Chapels, by Michelangelo. The great architect and sculptor who created a dramatic space where architecture and sculpture are connected as a living organism (Day, Night, Dusk, Dawn).You can’t miss the Michelangelo’s museum Academy Gallery where the original David is preserved, together with the Captives.
If you are not very tired I would like to lead you to the Pitti palace, the only one private home by Brunelleschi and than on to a district with a few tourists.In the ‘Oltrano’ or the other side of the Arno, we find his wonderful church of Santo Spirito the Holy Spirit and we will discover inside a little crucifixtion carved by the very young Michelangelo.
The ‘square’ piazza Santo Spirito is a favorite place for young florentines and together we can have an aperitif as they use to do around 7.00 PM and we will be the artistic committee of the competition for the facade of the church. The projects are displayed inside the club, from very classicisyng to incredibly modern. The choice will be yours.

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