Italy: Palazzo Pitti

On Wednesday we went to the Palazzo Pitti with our Italian Culture teacher, and though I’d been on my own once before it was fun to go with someone who could point out various paintings and statues and explain their significance.
For instance, the change in Botticelli’s style because of Savonarola’s ideas is obvious, and it is so interesting to see how the artist’s life and beliefs change their style.
There was also a Japanese exhibit focusing on the influence of Japanese art on Tuscan art. They have kimonos, art, and a full set of Samurai armor on display. I saw the famous waves painting by Katsushika Hokusai, too. 20120510-093340.jpg

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In one room I counted 63 chandeliers and wall sconces! This one in the gift shop is my favorite though.
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Ceilings. I love the ceilings here. Can you imagine looking up at that at every day? It is amazing that they are 3-D too; the statues are coming out of the walls. 20120510-093448.jpg

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One of the apartments. Each apartment was a different color with furniture that matched the walls. The blues in this one were my favorite though, as was the teeny tiny furniture. 20120510-093533.jpg

The Grand Staircase. 20120510-093545.jpg

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There is a entrance to the Boboli Gardens here and I discovered just how large they are: I wandered for about an hour without running into the areas I’d gone before!20120510-093705.jpg

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This was interesting… Decay? Covered in mud? Does anybody know what is going on here? 20120510-093814.jpg

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Everyone sits on the slope to study, read, eat, and make out. 20120510-093909.jpg

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