A present

Some students are so kind with us that give goodbye presents when they leave. Usually chocolates, sweets, books, souvenirs… but also small artistic works, like these drawing of the german student Gerhard. DSCN1561

I appreciate this kind of present because I like to draw sketches too, and I know it is sometimes difficult to separate from its own work, however small, and to offer it as a present really means something very personal. Moreover, here you have two very special corners of Florence, in all its beauty … Happy to share it with you !

Gargoyle of the Day: Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Nice post about “our” Santa Maria del Fiore, il Duomo !

A Scholarly Skater

3301437352_5e8366aa60_z Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze (Florence). Photo by Tommasso Cattabrini via Flickr (creative commons)

Today’s grotesque came to my attention via Atlas Obscura, a fantastic place to find fun, quirky facts and interesting locations to visit. This little bull figure lives on one side of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy. The church is heavily-laden with sculptural decorations of many styles and subjects, but this bull has a story separate from the rest. According to Atlas Obscura, there are two popular explanations for the bull’s existence:

According to one version of the animal’s creation, it was said to be a tribute by the builders to the draft animals that were used during the building’s construction work. However there is another story that is a bit more curious, petty, and funny.

The local legend says that during the construction of the cathedral, one of the stonemasons had an affair with the wife of…

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