Immaculate Conception of...? Immaculate Conception day is a Catholic feast celebrated on December 8th. It's one of the most important religious celebrations, one of the few still celebrated with a holiday. The funny thing is that many people, even Catholic, don't know what is Immaculate Conception; many believe it is the conception of Jesus Christ, which, as well documented in the New Testament, was actually immaculate, but that's not what we celebrate on December 8th. Actually, the conception … [Read more...] about What is Immaculate Conception?
Medici family origins One of the most frequent questions I receive as a tourist guide in Florence, is about the Medici coat of arms origins and meaning. Unfortunately, this is a question nobody can answer, but in this article I will tell you all I know and think about this argument. We don't know much about the Medici family origins. They had some properties in Mugello (the countryside North of Florence Italy), so we assume they came from there. The city of Florence, in the late … [Read more...] about Medici coat of arms – A mystery in Florence Italy
Annunciation day was New Year's Day in Florence March 25th was the Capodanno Fiorentino (new year's day in Florence). This celebration was recently reintroduced in the calendar of city events in Florence Italy, because from the Middle Ages to 1750 the new year's day in Florence was March 25th, the Annunciation Day. If you attend a guided tour in Florence, it may happen that your guide tells you about a monument made, say, in 1294 or 1295; the reason is that maybe there is a stone marked with … [Read more...] about Annunciation Day – Capodanno Fiorentino
Michelangelo's family Michelangelo's family, the Buonarroti, once were a rich and important family, with medium size banking activities, but by the time the artist was born, they were not wealthy again. Ludovico Buonarroti, Michelangelo's father, was a proud man who didn't accept every job, even if the fortunes of his family had disappeared, thus he was often unemployed. Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in 1475 in Caprese, a small village not far from Florence Italy. His father was serving as … [Read more...] about Michelangelo Buonarroti – Father and master of all the arts
Journey of the Magi Journey of the Magi is a fresco created by Benozzo Gozzoli, who was born in Florence Italy in 1420. This typical Florentine painter was schooled as a goldsmith and worked on the famous bronze Gates of Paradise together with Lorenzo Ghiberti. The Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem was ordered by Piero di Cosimo de' Medici (also called Piero the Gouty) and created between 1459 and 1460 as a decoration of the private chapel of the Medici family which is now called the Magi … [Read more...] about Journey of the Magi – Benozzo Gozzoli – Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
The end of the Middle Ages in Florence Italy Historians set the end of the Middle ages in 1492, with the discovery of America, but Florence Italy Renaissance starts more than one century earlier. Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is filled with evidence of this early rebirth thanks to his works of art. For a couple of centuries, there was no artist other than the ones from Florence, or the ones who came to Florence to learn and work: they were light-years ahead any other artist in … [Read more...] about Florence Italy Renaissance – All about beauty!