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Mary Magdalene by Donatello  
   

Mary Magdalene by Donatello

in the Duomo Museum Florence. This statue is carved from wood and is incredible and a little scary at first. Apparently Donatello carved this towards the end of the Renaissance when under the "spell" of Savonrola. Savonrola was a mad preacher who thought the bling bling of the Renaissance was evil and when the economy started to fail he seized the trust of the people and everything turned a bit darker....google for more.
Renaissance, Renaissance, Renaissance and good ol' Italian Food

March 23rd 2008
So here we are, home of the Renaissance - Firenze, Italia. We made our way from Sorrento to Naples, leaving our ability to buy tickets and board the train we intended on catching on time in the hands of the travel gods. They were kind and we made it with moments to spare. Damn, we’re getting good at this travelling thing (touch wood!). So anyway, art lovers will know all about Florentine ... read more
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Italian Flag Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more
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