Today the weather was fair and we walked through town and across the Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace, which we have never visited.
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)
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!
Mei Li enjoyed this sculpture of an artist’s prayerful grandma.
We also liked this rendering of Peter and Paul who tradition says we’re both martyred in Rome.
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!