Tuesday, February 28, 2012

florence: firmness, commodity and delight

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This past week I had the fortune to visit Florence, Italy after a short business trip to southern Italy. The city blew my mind. I just couldn't comprehend how artists were able to accomplish so much with their bare hands. There was not a brick left to randomness. I was quickly reminded of Vitruvius' point of view relative to architecture in which he explained that a building should be guided by three basic principles: firmness, commodity and delight. The city still stands as if it was built yesterday; it still accommodates the needs of millions of visitors and Florence's beauty still continues to amaze whoever visits it.

8 comments:

DeVona said...

Thank you for expanding our horizons ; lovely sketch and educational post!

Anonymous said...

I know you all are swamped with babies, work, & life, but thanks so much for posting. This is so inspirational to me! Thank you!!

Anns Art said...

Went to Rome years ago, but never had the good fortune to go to Florence...lucky you and so glad you had such a great trip. Love the painting.

Edgar Cabrera said...

@anonymous... your comment made my day! thank you! I'm glad to have sparked some inspiration!

fados do lar said...

really nice sketches from your quick visit to Europe.

Anonymous said...

edgar - beautiful. your description - both visual and verbal.

love, c/meg

Rebecca Trump said...

Your Florence drawings have me drooling and craving a trip to Italy! Gorgeous and so inspiring :)

zeysim said...

Good sketch