Friday, November 16, 2007

Italia week: art

I could write about this subject for the next four months and only touch the surface. During my first trip to Rome I was floored by all the art and that it was so accessible.

Here is a close up on part of Bernini's masterpiece Apollo and Daphne.

11 comments:

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

That is my favorite Bernini statue - did you get to see it?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Sara - yes I did. The Borghese Gallery was one of the highlights of my trip.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm the daughter of an art historian and grew up in museums. Nothing, and I mean nothing, prepared me for the David in Florence. It literally took my breath away.

And I generally hate things that are over-hyped, but walking around the side and suddenly taking that magnificence in was over the top.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jen - I posted about seeing the David here.

You are so right, NOTHING prepares you for it. By the time I arrived in Florence I had seen so many works of art, yet I will never forget the moment I "met" David.

Anonymous said...

tracey k/ohio: That's a beautiful photo. Ragazza - you BELONG "over there." (LOL!) You just love & appreciate so much about it. I hope all of your 'italian' dreams come to fruition! :-D

Liz said...

Oh that's beautiful. There are so many lovely Italian art things I want to see. One of these days for sure.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Tracey K - grazie for the good wishes.

Liz - It was hard to decided which photo to post. There is so much I still need to see.

Roam2Rome said...

I LOVE that sculpture, and the story of what it stands for, down to the laurel leaves and their use today!!

It's in the Villa Borghese! The first time I saw it I stared at it for the longest time! Let's just say my friends left without me :)

The way marble can look like flesh is amazing...

max said...

Another Bernini to see is the"Ecstasy of Ludiovica Albertoni" at San Francisco a Ripa in Trastevere. Then the bookstore.

max said...

Michelangelo's Moses is just off via Cavour at St Pietro in Vincoli.The churches are free museums.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

max - I've seen them. I love that we are able to see art in the context that it was created in/for.