But the highest level to show your passion to Art is to have a city in your country dedicated for Art, artists and people who are interested to see how creative one can be! You don’t have to imagine or further dream, we surfaced the web of the most Art Dedicated Cities in the globe & choose the best for you!
1. Florence, Italy
The capital city of Tuscany region. Known for its art, architecture and cultural heritage; which made Forbes rank it as “one of the most beautiful cities in the world”.
The city is well known for its numerous museums, churches and buildings such as the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo, took 600 years to build it & still considered the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.
Another major attarction in the city is the San Lorenzo Church which is one of the oldest churches in the city. The importance of this site is not only for its historical value, but also for being a milestone in the development of renaissance architect. Some of the leading architects who took part in designing it are Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi & Matto Nigetti.
The San Lorenzo Church contains artworks for several italian artists distributed across the church, such as Rosso Fiorentino’s (Marriage of the Virgin) and Fillippo Lippi’s Annunciation, to name a few.
We are still in Florence! As a main Art attraction city, Florence has one of the most important historical art galleries in the world, The Uffizi Gallery.
Building the gallery took 21 years, from 1560 – 1581. The internal courtyard is so long and narrow, and open to the Arno River at its far end through a doric screen that articulates the space without blocking it and the Pitti Palace.
The Uffizi gallery owns a very large collection of international and Florentine art. The gallery is articulated in many halls, cataloged by schools and chronological order; it houses works of art by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello and many others. It has the largest collection of Botticelli’s works in the world.
Another major art gallery in Florence is Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) founded in 1563. It is divided into two sections, an Art Academy and an Art Gallery housing the famous Michelangelo’s David sculpter which was built especially for the gallery.
Among the notable renaissance works on display are an outstanding collection of 15th and 16th century Florentine paintings by Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Andrea del Sarto and, from the High Renaissance, Giambologna’s original plaster for the Rape of Sabine Women. As well as a number of Florentine Gothic paintings, the gallery houses the idiosyncratic collection of Russian icons assembled by the Grand Dukes.
We can’t talk about Art museums in Florence without mentioning the Pitti Palace, one of the largest art building in the city housing art galleries and eight museums.
Built in the 15th century, high end family lived in the palace before being used for power purposes by Napoleon and later served for a brief period as the principal royal palace of the newly united Italy. The palace was donated to the italian people in 1919 and since then, its doors were opened to the public as one of Florence’s largest art galleries.
Pitti Palace has ultimate responsibility for 250,000 catalogued works of art & housing five main art galleries and eight museums: The Palatine Gallery, on the first floor of the piano nobile, contains a large ensemble of over 500 renaissance paintings. The Royal Apartments, a suite of 14 rooms previously used by the royal families, It contains portraits drawn by Giusto Sustermans. The Modern Art Gallery first opened to public in 1928 includes over 30 rooms and has large collection of modern Italian schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Silver Museum contains a collection of silver, cameos, works in semi-precious gemstones and fine collection of German gold & silver artifacts. The Costume Gallery contains a collection of theatrical costumes dating from the 16th century until the present. It is also the only museum in Italy detailing the history of Italian fashions. The Carriages Museum exhibits carriages and other conveyances used by the Grand Ducal court mainly in the late 18th and 19th century. And The Bobilo Garden, a real open-air museum for its architectural and landscape’s layout, and the sculptures collections. The garden receives every year further 800.000 visitors, and it’s one of the most important Italian garden in the world.
Considered one of the top cities in Art, Florence has over 50 art schools & academies, offering for art lovers from all levels courses in different aspects, both practice & education, to enrich their knowledge & nurish their passion for Art.
Stay tuned! This is just tour number one, we still have more cities in coming posts.