Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Rome feels far more influenced by political struggles and the Roman copies of Greek sculptures tend to predominate the museums. Also there are great church monuments and sculptures by sculptors like Michelangelo and Bernini both of whom had a more architectural understanding and this was part of their occupation as well. Beautiful examples of Bernini sculptures are housed in the Galleria Borghese museum, in the Santa Maria della Vittoria, Cornaro Chapel and San Francisco a Ripa. A great example of Michelangelo sculpture is in San Pietro in Vincoli. The Vatican also have some wonderful offerings such as Laocoon in the Museo Pio-Clementino. Other sculptures include Santa Cecilia, 1599-1600, by Stefano Maderno but all have a completely different ascension message to God. The design of the sheep fleece of Settignano is of a very well designed style and looks almost like a dress. One feels like he was tending his fleece amongst the hills of Tuscany. And further down there would have been fruit orchards with offerings of peaches and apricots. These trees laden with fruit would have been the source of the inspiration of the embroideries of Squarcione. The inspiration of the paintings of this workshop. And further down we had Bologna and an industry of silk and cloth merchants before there were any libraries. These were later used for research of many of the sciences of the 1600's.