Seeing Raphael's self portrait last year proved ominous, a painting I have since learnt more about
During my trip to Florence late last year I was hoping to liveblog what I experienced. For those that are not familiar with the term, liveblogging is blogging about something as you are experiencing it. This is commonly done in the tech world, reporting on conferences and press events showcasing the latest applications and hardware.
Due to logistical issues, I did not get around to liveblogging my trip but did do an abbreviated form it using the twitter platform via my phone. Making brief notes about a specific event as it is happening is much more suited to the twitter platform, and is usually called livetweeting.
An enthralling display at the Laurentian Library, showcasing the Medici obsession with books
For posterity's sake(not to mention my own nostalgia), I have collated all my Florence livetweets here - mostly observations about works I saw and places I visited. For those curious - tweets can easily be embedded in the code of a blog post using a BlackBird bookmarklet or plugin.
My trip to Florence was an important experience for me. Not all of it was pleasant and dazzling, as I have written about in previous posts - but I would venture to say that visiting Florence is an important rite of passage for anyone with a deeper interest in Renaissance art. If I ever did go back, it would be as part of a specific event or conference perhaps, but not as a wandering tourist. For those planning an art focused trip to Florence the custom Google map I created to get around is embedded at the bottom of this page.
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