Day 271: Something Beautiful—The Uffizi Ceiling

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

6:45am Sunday, September 29

The strange thing about travel is that no matter how long I’m gone, once I come back—it all seems like a dream. Yesterday I was in Florence, Rome, and New York. Today I wake up in Cincinnati.

In reviewing the list of blogs I wrote on the last month’s trip, I realize that I am three behind. In the last days traveling back from Lake Como and rushing to fit in the David, Uffizi, and final travel arrangements and shopping—I thought I’m missed more.

The 15 blogs from Europe merely suggest the realm of beautiful things I saw. No doubt I will not struggle posting based solely on those sensory-packed days. The question? Where to pick up on the first of my three days behind?

The Uffizi. The beautiful old and revered paintings of the Rennaissance have never been my favorite. In truth, I don’t usually find myself attracted to much before the late Romantic period. My college friend, Cynthia, and both find the moderns our favorites but agreed that seeing the Uffizi gave us a new appreciation and interest in the Rennaissance—particularly its giants.

This post, however, has nothing to do with the spectacular artworks of the Uffizi, but the museum itself. More specifically, the frescoed ceilings of the sculpture halls. I’d never heard about these and was absolutely overwhelmed with the scope of work and spectacular color of the ceilings and the portraits that hung just under. Photos are not allowed, but I was able to sneak one. Breathtaking as was the view of the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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3 Responses to Day 271: Something Beautiful—The Uffizi Ceiling

  1. jan41231 says:

    Welcome Home.
    The ceiling in the Uffizi Ceiling is magnificent. I’m so happy you “sneaked” a picture. Thanks Donna for taking me along on this wonderful trip; I will miss the daily pictures of something I’ve never seen before and know I will not see in this life time. I’m looking forward to those you haven’t sent yet. All are a joy to behold!! Thank you dear friend.

  2. jan41231 says:

    By the way, did you & Cynthia get to look at any of the shops in the Ponte Vecchio bridge? Did you know that the bridge was once wooden?

    • vbassoc says:

      We looked but it was crazy busy and we’d bought quite a bit before getting there. We did almost all our shopping in the street markets and with the square vendors. That was crazy, too.

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