We hit Florence again today, and it was sculpture day, so I was pretty pumped for the David. But I also appreciated the Donatello sculptures we saw before because Kirk talked about how there would be no Michelangelo without him. I loved the emotion in the faces of his sculptures that told a story.
Then we made our way to the Academia for the David. It seriously surprised me. You just turn the corner, and there he is. Kirk gave us a little pep talk before getting closer. The thing I found most interesting is that in Michelangelo’s biography he lamented about his poverty, but in actuality he was wealthy. I think Michelangelo wanted to relate to his viewers, and this kinda perpetuated the idea of poor, starving artist.
There is so much I loved about the David lecture. I don’t even know where to begin. The biggest point to me is that Michelangelo knows the human body, and if there is anything that doesn’t mimic it perfectly, then it was purposeful. He abstracts the human body to show emotion.
Soooo I just spent so much time writing about sculptures, and I haven’t even got to the joust yet… but there’s a couple more fun bits in Florence.
One being this couple. They were killing it in the streets of Florence, and I just had to give them a couple euros. They made my heart happy. Oh and look at their pup!
Another little highlight was these two dorks. On the train ride back, they passed out, and I couldn’t help but take this picture. I was audibly laughing because they were sleeping in the exact same position with sunglasses on and their mouths wide open.
Finally we’ve made it to the long awaited joust night! We had to start by eating at my favorite… Dietro! I am getting so sad at the thought of leaving these sweet people and delicious food.
We headed to Piazza Grande and saw the parade along the way. We got to are seats and I looked around realizing we were sitting in perfect view of the buildings we painted earlier this week. It all connected. Our service project and the cultural importance of Piazza Grande to the Arezzo people.
The joust had such an exciting atmosphere that we got to experience. I was really passionate about cheering for Del Foro, who did the best they had in years!! There was evident traditions and history being represented in the joust, and I loved seeing how excited the young fans of each neighborhood were.
The longest blog post ever was necessary for a day as memorable as this!