Florence, Italy. October 2014.
The Loggia dei Lanzi is the open area right outside Palazzo Vecchio where several sculptures are on display, and where you can always see people just hanging out. I came here as part of a sort of field trip for school, and there were so many interesting tidbits about it. Like for example, the two lions that flank the entrance are 1400 years apart in age. The top photo is the “newer” replica, while this lion below is the original, from the first century, making it nearly two thousand years old.
Rape of the Sabine by Giambologna
Hercules and Nessus
I never noticed these before, but see those metal rods that run across some parts of the sculptures? These are electric rods that “train” pigeons to not land on these works of art.
Rape of Polyxena
Perseus with the head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini
This sculpture also has a funny backstory. The method used for this is basically pouring hot metal into a cast. When the workers were mixing up the hot metal, something wasn’t right with the components, so Cellini grabbed all his cutlery and (I think) lead stuff from his house, tossed them into the molten mixture, and when they poured it and the sculpture was revealed, it was perfect. It’s just funny to think that this imposing figure is made of pots and pans and utensils. Whatever works.