September 9, 2019

The Baptistery is an octagonal building, part of the Florence Cathedral complex, and is dedicated to St. John.

September 9, 2019

'Florence Cathedral' is the main term used to describe a complex of buildings in the centre of Florence.

August 12, 2019

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Lorenzo 'the Magnificent' de Medici born in 1449 was the son of Piero de Medici. As the first son, he inherited the de facto leadership of Florence and the Medici family business - the bank. The skills for the latter he learnt at an e...

July 14, 2019


Cosimo de Medici had three children:

- Piero de Medici

- Giovanni de Medici

- Carlo di Medici (illegitimate)

His eldest son, and therefore his heir, Piero di Cosimo de Medici, was an unfortunate soul. Nicknamed, Piero the Gouty, he was unable to pr...

June 10, 2019

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 Paolo Uccello (or Paolo di Dono as he was born) was a Florentine artist and mathematician who lived from 1397-1475. Similar to Donatello, Uccello had an apprenticeship with the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, who did the Florentine Bapt...

November 5, 2018

  Cosimo de Medici also commissioned paintings by Filippo Lippi. Fra Filippo Lippi was (off the record) a completely useless monk who did manuscript illumination. He was useless because he was an excessive drinker and would get absolutely blind drunk. Once Cosimo de Me...

October 19, 2018

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The Facade

Cosimo de Medici (the Elder) commissioned the architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo to build the Medici Palace. It took 40 years to build.

The building has what I would call 'gradiated rustication' - that is to say, the stones become...

June 24, 2018

Donatello's David


This statue is of the Old Testament figure David from David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). In the legend David is roughly 13 years old and accepts the challenge to slay the giant, Goliath. The Philistine giant is killed using a sling and catapult,...

June 17, 2018


Originally built as a marketplace in 1337, this gothic-style converted church is a unique example of 'niches-for-hire', in which Florence's guilds commissioned representative statues of their patron saints. In 1412, Donatello sculpted a statue of St. Georg...

June 9, 2018

Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi, or 'Donatello', was a sculptor in the Early Renaissance. Born to a member of the Wool Guild in Florence, he received his artistic training in a goldsmith's workshop.

   He went on to be Lorenzo Ghiberti's pupil on the bronze d...

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