The Strength of the Classic in the Loggia dei Lanzi

The classic, by definition, never goes out of style. It’s one of those things that do not get tired to admire. I have the privilege of living in one of the biggest “classics” in the world: the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy. Here, stumbles in history by accident. The ex-estufa (limonaia) of plants where I live is the villa that once belonged to the family of Amerigo Vespucci. The wooden gates to go through to get to the center of the city have almost 1000 years.

The center of Florence has sculptures and magnificent frescoes in the open. In a walk everyday, you see pieces of art of exceptional beauty and importance. And in spite of not always knowing the year or the author of the works, it is impossible not to admire them. And your beauty we carry, as a gift, always with us. Stay in our unconscious and leaves in an idea or a design we do years later. This is the privilege of being in contact with the beauties of the past, foundations of our aesthetic.

 

Among my favorites is the corners Loggia dei Lanzi. She served initially in 1300, as a space where people would meet with political leaders. After half of 1400, began to be used as Studio art. The metal bars on the ceiling, pieces of jute divided the artists ‘ spaces. In 1800, it began to be used to expose beautiful statues of the Renaissance.

My favorite, and one of the most famous is that of Giambologna, 1583. It was carved from a piece of Carrara marble (near Florence). There’s a man old man at the foot, a young and muscular boy in the Center and a woman at the top. It seems that, to make the man in the Middle, Giambologna used a model that had 2.30 metres high! The balance of the work is accurate, otherwise the marble would crack and the play wouldn’t be standing. Noting that the piece is done in a vortex just for these reasons. It’s amazing to imagine the instinct of these artists.

 

Another wonderful piece of Benvenuto Cellini’s Perseus, all brass, holding the head of Medusa. On the basis of the work, we have the sculptures of four Greek gods: Zeus (Jupiter) and their children; the goddess of wisdom and justice, Pallas Athena (Minerva); the Messenger of the gods, Hermes (Mercury); and the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite (Venus). It’s rumoured that Cellini carved traces of your own face in the mask of war used by Perseus in your battle against Medusa. The strength and beauty of this sculpture leave room only for the elegance. A piece to be admired for hours! And it’s there, in the Loggia – quiet, watching our pass back and forth over the centuries.

 

Among others, also see the beautiful marble sculpture the rape of Polyxena (1886), Pio Fedi. The Greek myths (another classic) have always been an inspiration to artists of the Renaissance. Notice the strength in this work.

 

And all these wonders to the Piazza della Signoria, where is the Palazzo Vecchio, which even today, and since then serves as City Hall. And why change? It’s a classic!

 

The Bontempo has intrinsic in all your creative force the power to materialize pieces that will last in time. And we saw in iSaloni return to classic! A carte blanche for Bontempo move on with what you do best: renew traditions to create unique pieces, contemporary and longevity. A bit like the history of sculpture in the Loggia dei Lanzi.

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