The wonderful history of the Renaissance seen through the frescoes

The wonderful history of the Renaissance seen through the frescoes

This tour is about history, customs, traditions and public figures in Florence during its golden age. Florentine churches have treasures inside. But I don’t mean gold, diamonds and pearls. I mean frescoes, explaining the painted history of the Renaissance. Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita, S. Maria del Carmine and San Marco hide masterpieces by a series of important painters from 13c to 18c. Let’s start with Giotto who had the ability to “translate” abstract religious concepts into realistic images and painted figures into human beings, than came his pupils led by Masaccio, the painter who we can say “speeded up” the development of the Renaissance. Domenico de Ghirlandaio, the chronicler of the society of the 15c; Beato Angelico, a renaissance monk: Botticelli and his teacher Filippo Lippi, also monk, but an unruly one….The portraits of very important florentines and self-portraits of the artists: views of 15c Florence, luxury jewels, brocades, and silks, hairstyle and lifestyle, superstitions, renaissance optimism and humanism are the soul of these frescoes. We will also talk about taxes applied to luxury goods, about money and business, industry, and of course banking of which Florence specialized in. The list of artists and works of art is very long, but we will try to catch the essence and to admire art as the expression of a society. Meanwhile an ice cream is not to be missed. Do you know that ice cream was invented by one of the house architects of the Medicis? I will give you the original recipe. How did they freeze it? I will tell you.

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