I hope you are well, I am back from Florence and I had a wonderful time, I saw lots of things that I have only ever seen in picture books and I learned so much. I have given you links below to the things I was able to see so that you can check them out for yourself.
I learned about the flood of the Arno in 1966, and witnessed firsthand the results of the restoration works that has been carried out in the last fifty years. I saw the wall size preliminary drawings (sinopie) for the frescos of the Cemetery in the Field of Miracles that were destroyed by allied bombing in 1944. I learned about Sister Plautilla Nelli the first female artist of the Renaissance, two generations before even Artimesa Gentileschi, by the time you attend university, art history will have been rewritten to include all the women who had wings back then. I learned how to convert a small clay sculpture through a plaster cast into a monumental sculpture in bronze or marble, I don’t think I have the lifetime left to do this but you never know. I learned the names of countless Italian artists of the nineteenth century, who, while overshadowed by French art of the period produced some fine pictures. I wrote their names down in the back of my Florence sketchbook and will report back when I have researched further.
Last, but not least, I completed my education in how to build a Renaissance cathedral, I could build one now if I had the time, maybe I will, I am still young enough to climb to the top of the one that Brunelleschi built.
To fill the time in the evenings and whilst on the plane, I read “Writing on Drawing” and my initial conclusions are that the line is a human invention and that tone is divine. I need to do a little more research, but I will and let you know.
I will send the thirty sketches from my sketchbook at the weekend, but I will see you before then. and I picked up a few little trinkets for you on my travels. Don’t forget to check out the links below so you can ask me questions at the weekend.
My Love as always
Day 1 Florence
Day 2 Florence
Day 3 Florence
Day 4 Florence
Day 5 Florence and Pisa