Thursday, December 11, 2014

Palazzo Medici Riccardi Sala Luca Giordano

Dear Art-loving friend,
Once I was inside the PalazzoMedici Riccardi in Florence, Italy, I decided to take the opportunity to see more than the exhibition I came to see.  So, upstairs it was then.

The Sala Luca Giordano is not to be missed!  The transparent uncolored plastic chairs lined up on the floor served to radiate light from the space and I wondered what sort of presentations were given in this room that is commonly known as the Galleria.  The walls are “hung with mirrors painted with putti, animals, and vegetable motifs [note my self-portrait in one - haha] alternated with cupboard doors featuring elegant inlays in gilded wood, while above  runs a frieze of figures in white and gold stucco (1691 ca.). “  [says the sign just outside of the room]

The ceiling sports a masterpiece in Florentine Baroque art, a fresco designed and executed by Luca Giordano (Naples 1631-1703).  I find the compositions beautiful and creative, lovely and intriguing shapes, with mostly soft, peaceful colors.  I really enjoy the animals too, such as the ostrich and the flying goat.  I admire the perspective challenges well met, and I am curious about lots of the stories conveyed.  And what is up with the putti with the woman’s breasts, a tail, and club-feet?  I really enjoy color of fresco, especially the blues.  And I love it that one can actually SEE the design without glare.  That is one advantage of fresco over oil painting!  I hope you enjoy these images of the Sala Luca Giordana in Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
Here are some images.  

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