Continuing on my spring reflections and the small things in our everydays here in Florence...
This afternoon, we decided to take a small walk since the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we'd been staring at the blue skies and enjoying the warm breeze through the windows. I'd picked up an art textbook that was on our bookshelf when we rented the apartment: A Basic HIstory of Western Art, and as I flipped through the majority of the mid-section from the Middle Ages through Late Renaissance, I found that about 75% of all the pieces of art that were highlighted and pictured, are within 10 minutes walking distance from where I sat.
I picked out a painting that I clearly remember studying in Art History in college, The Deposition from the Cross by the Italian artist, Jacopo Carucci da Pontormo, and headed out to see it in real life.
Chris and I walked out our door into the throngs of tourists milling about the streets, past the Duomo, through Piazza della Repubblica, and across the Ponte Vecchio before finding ourselves in the small piazza where we found the church of Santa Felicita, which housed the masterpiece we were seeking. This church is easy to overlook, as we've walked past it many times without a second glance. The stone walls were quieting and the breeze blew in the open doors. As soon as we entered, to our right hung the striking painting. I remember this piece specifically because of the shapes of the forms and the bright pink color. There is almost not a drop of black shading that I notice at all, and the bright "happy" colors are in contrast to the subject of the work. Chris mentioned that it looks very "springy". I agreed...and thought that maybe it was good we didn't see this piece until today as it was a wonderful way to welcome the primavera (spring) this season.
Did I mention the wonderful sunsets we've been enjoying out our windows lately?