The Renaissance and Queen Bey: Florence Masterpieces

So far, I’ve shared pictures of our Airbnb, my new outlook on laundry detergent, and that time I ate a cow stomach. These are not the things people think of when they think of Florence. So let’s get to the big picture stuff.

The Renaissance movement was born here. That’s what this city is all about. And I don’t know about you guys… but when I think of the Renaissance, I also think of Beyoncé.

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Okay, fine. It’s true. When I think of almost anything, I also think of Beyoncé. But hear me out on this one.

The Renaissance was an incredible cultural movement. It gave rise to realism and the portrayal of human emotion in art. Bodies were seen as beautiful and viewed as God’s “ultimate masterpiece.” Suddenly, the human form was something to be celebrated, rather than ashamed of. And lemme tell ya, people were WORKIN’ IT.

First stop. The Bargello National Museum.
This place used to be a police station/prison. Now it’s an art museum full of Renaissance sculptures.

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And seriously, these guys must have just watched the Renaissance version of a Beyoncé music video. You can just tell they are feeling self-confident and loving their bodies. They know they look good and they aren’t afraid to show it.

 

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And check out these single ladies.

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Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.

 

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Ummm and this guy? Just check out the sassy hand-on-the-hip.

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I look at him and can hear him saying, “I sneezed on the beat, and the beat got sicker.”

 

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Up next. The Ufizi Gallery.
There are super famous Renaissance paintings here. Like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

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Who run the world? Venus.

 

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There’s also another Botticelli painting: La Primavera.

The title should probably be changed to: Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.

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Every person in this painting #SLAYS.

 

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SO MANY Beyoncé resemblances are happening here. This is not a conspiracy.

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Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess.

 

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I mean, I even think of Beyoncé when I see The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.
Aka the Duomo, which is the cathedral in the center of historic Florence.

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Check out the top. To this day, that is the largest brick dome ever created, and it’s not afraid to show off it’s curves.

 

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And the façade is painstakingly gorgeous.

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The decoration of the exterior portion of the cathedral started in the 14th century and wasn’t finished until 1887 – over 450 years!

Y’all. Pretty hurts.

 

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Last stop: The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze.

The big attraction here (and I mean big, because he’s 17 feet tall) is Michelangelo’s David. Looking at this statue is cray cray. Like how on earth is that actually marble?? His body is perfectly polished and he’s totally adhering to the “if you got it, flaunt it” maxim.

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Not only does this art embody beauty, power, and fearlessness, but with such a perfect masterpiece standing right in front of me, how can I not think of Queen Bey??

 

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    […] Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, there’s lots of famous Renaissance art here. But if you duck into a back alley, you can see that there are also plenty of modern artists, […]

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