To the Palazzo Pitti

Today the weather was fair and we walked through town and across the Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace, which we have never visited.

Ponte Vecchio bridge, crawling with extravagant jewelry stores


Outside the palazzo

It was fairly pricey to get in but the building was so jam packed with paintings and sculpture and rich furnishings that we actually wearied of all the amazing sights.

By the time we got to the third floor we had seen plenty. But I got to see one of my favorite paintings, Ecce Homo. You can just about hear Pilate ask, What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” We hear the shouts of the priests and scribes persuading the crowd to say “Crucify Him!!” And we overhear Pilate’s wife say, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” (Matthew 27)

Behold the Man, by Cisero

We also saw another artist’s depiction of the same scene, but this time a Jewish scribe and an executioner are with Jesus. This is unlikely as it was Passover and the blood would defile the Jew. Could the Italian artist want to transfer responsibility for Jesus’ death to the Jews? Historically, many have tried. But every one of us is responsible for Jesus’ death. Thankfully, that is why He came and bled and died, to forgive anyone’s sins who will put their whole faith in His blood. Mei Li and I appreciate biblical accuracy in artwork depicting biblical scenes. She has a few words for Michelangelo concerning his famous “David,” which I will not repeat here!

“Behold the Man,” by Cigoli

Mei Li enjoyed this sculpture of an artist’s prayerful grandma.

Wonderful sculpture of a prayerful woman

 We also liked this rendering of Peter and Paul who tradition says we’re both martyred in Rome.

Paul and Peter

Finally we appreciated a painting of the martyrdom of Andrew, and other Biblical scenes. There was also a collection of contemporary fashion pictures, which we didn’t appreciate at all. The stark, gaunt, bony women in these so called glamour photos looked like characters out of vampire movies, Mei Li thought. I agreed. Rubens certainly would have laughed at modern tastes in beauty!

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2 thoughts on “To the Palazzo Pitti

  1. My what an impressive site you have. It is so fun to read your blog and realize what a wonderful trip you are having. With the pictures and your impressions, it is fun to read. You could be a travel writer.
    I have been sending the posts on to our son Mike and wife Delana who are going to Italy next summer for their 30th celebration. We live in a wonderful day and age. When Spark and I first went to Germany we were gone for almost two years without calling home once. It was just to expensive.
    Our first Thanksgiving we had our little chicken and thought ” Isn’t this wonderful, no parents or relatives Just us “. It was a great way to start a marriage.

    Yesterday found us wallpapering our fireplace room. We are getting a bit old for such antics.Spark this afternoon gone up to clean the attic. When you reshingle and tear down the chimney there is more “MESS” than you can imagine up there. I hope we are close to done. Who wants to clean every day?

    We would rather be in Italy!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
    Today is cool and plants are beginning to give up from light frost. We brought my fern in and it is huge.
    It did well this year.

    Are you staying at all AirB&B?
    Do you find things expensive?
    Blessings,
    Donna and Spark

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    • Hello Spark and Donna,
      Yes we stay in Air BnB apartments in all 6 locations. Our next stop is Brindisi, which is the beginning of the Roman Road. Most travelers from the Holy Lands going to Rome didn’t arrive from Malta like Paul but from western Greece, just a short distance across the sea.p from Brindisi. It is the heel of the Italian ‘boot’ peninsula.
      Currently the exchange rate euro to dollar is very very good. We find things very affordable. There is also no sales tax and the tip at fine restaurants is built into the bill. Of course, touristy areas are expensive.
      The weather here is in the 60s or 70s every day! Still early fall here in mid country. The flower markets are still full of blooms.
      Blessings, Todd and Mei Li

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