Thursday, August 7, 2014

Il Giudizio Universale

The Last Judgment, by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, Santa Maria del Fiore, Saint Mary of the Flower, Florence Cathedral
“Il Giudizio Universale” (The Last Judgment)
By Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, 1568-79
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flower)
Piazza del Duomo
Florence, April 2014

“Poets and art historians have been disparaging Vasari and Zuccari's handiwork ever since the last lick of paint dried back in 1579. The frescoes have been described as amateurish hackwork and a distraction from Brunelleschi's magnificent dome, the architectural wonder that they adorn. The 16th-century poet and playwright Antonfrancesco Grazzini satirised the frescoes in a humorous ditty. More recently, the eminent postwar Italian art historian Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti suggested obliterating them with a coat of white paint.”

4 comments:

Lowell said...

I think persons who could not replicate this should no pass judgment. I couldn't even stand to be up that high for any reason, much less paint a ceiling!

cieldequimper said...

I remember standing there wondering what the dome would be like without it. Zoomed in, it's fantastic.

Changes in the wind said...

I hope they leave it alone...

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

But the square buildings behind is disturbing !