CLOSE-UP RENAISSANCE SCULPTURE: TOUR OF THE BARGELLO MUSEUM
In a hot day one of the things I like to do the most is going to the chilly courtyard of Bargello and enjoy the quietness. You can hear only a far echo of traffic. In this museum you are so close to the statues that you could almost feel their breath, if only they would be alive. And sometime you have the impassion they are! Despite this is a National Museum, you won’t find here many visitors. To the ones who only want to see Michelangelo’s David at Accademia Gallery, going through big lines under the sun, I say: wouldn’t be better to visit the Bargello, where you even have three Davids for the price of one? The Bargello National Museum actually houses three different versions of the statue od David: two made by Donatello and one made by Vercocchio (my favorite one). So, if you are a sculpture lover, don’t miss this place!
THE COLLECTION OF BARGELLO MUSEUM
The museum displays extraordinary collections of Renaissance and Mannerist sculpture as well as Minor Arts, such as majolicas, ivories, armours, devotional objects, etc… The building itself is a masterpiece of gothic architecture, dating back to the mid-13th century and born as the seat of the Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People), later becoming the city prison. Since, being proclaimed the National Museum in 1865, the Bargello has seen the arrival of masterpieces by Michelangelo’s Bacchus, Brutus, Pitti Tondo and David-Apollo, Donatello’s David and St. George, Verrocchio’s David, the original reliefs of the Sacrifice of Isaac by Brunelleschi and Ghiberti for the Baptistery doors, just to mention few. There are also works of art of incredible beauty by Luca della Robbia, Giambologna, Benvenuto Cellini and Baccio Bandinelli.
IDENTIKIT OF 3 DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF DAVID
David has been subject of great attentions in the world of sculpture. Donatello dedicates even two statues to him, the first one in marble (1409) and the second one in bronze (1440). The marble David is strictly bound to the gothic taste, representing the young hero triumphing on the giant and staring at the viewer after the difficult enterprise. The bronze one, on the other hand, is much more modern. His nudity recalls the vigor of the greek warriors, but at the sam time wants to underline that in spite of his weakness he has defeated the invincible giant. Verrocchio (1472-75) gives one more interpretation of the biblical character. He portrays him like an arrogant and naughty young boy, who is posing full of him self, with a mocking and spontaneous attitude
How long? From 2 to 3 hours
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