Thursday, December 17, 2015
Stone Sculpture Museo dell’Opera Florence Italy
Dear Art Lover,
I hope you are not tired of these posts from my visit to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy. Today, I thought I would share with you some more of the stone carvings. I really would like to know more about how so much carving of stone was done before the days of electricity. Some of this stone is not that soft!
For example, look at this large tub. I apologize for not reading the label (or in this case, even photographing it for review later). I might have understood what the tub was used for: Is it a fountain basin for the local water supply? Was it a marble bathtub? Was it a coffin for a child? That latter does not seem likely since the bas relief designs on the front do not seem consistent. In any event, notice how much decoration there is! Lots of architecture houses the human figures and aids in the feeling of symmetry. Note that the figures are purposely out of proportion to one another, all for the sake of design and decoration. I love the figure emerging from the slightly opened door. It adds some action to the otherwise static composition.
These others just made me smile. The grouping with the Madonna and Child seems normal, but then, look at the gesture and expression of the figure on the right. How funny is that? While the others are interested in what’s up, this guy is looking down on us little people and appears to be aware of us and waving hello.
And this other, rather dissolved looking couple struck me as smooching and was unexpected among religious themes (is that not sad?). Anyway, see what you think.
~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher