Friday, January 20, 2012
So this is Il Duomo, the centerpiece of Florence, up close. Really, it's up too close; I couldn't get a view of the church and the dome together because the structure is so close to the neighboring buildings. For me, this painting captures the experience of walking in the narrow cobblestone streets of Florence, turning to look down a cross street and seeing this architectural masterpiece so near.
The dome is such a distinctive shape; it was a challenge to get it right, and to get the feel of sunlight and shadow on the buildings. Those Italian flags were really there, too. (OK, I did add one: gotta have an odd number!)