Gates of Paradise

I will soon be entering my own “Gates of Paradise” by traveling to Italy in 20 days.  As I look over my Italy guidebooks, I am overwhelmed with a plethora of art and architecture I will explore in Rome and Florence.  I cannot imagine, for example, the sublime beauty of the Sistine Chapel in person or Ghiberti’s bronze doors of the Baptistry of Florence Cathedral which Michelangelo described as the “Gates of Paradise.”  How spectacular could Ghiberti’s work be if THE Michelangelo describes the bronze doors with such superlatives?  As I am re-educating myself with the art and architecture I studied in college, I am in awe of what I am about to see and experience in Italy IN PERSON!!!  How could I fall in love already with all these works of art before I experience them live?  But then, how could I not?  If you look up Bernini’s Rape of Persephone sculpture, for example, and see that the thigh of Persephone has indentations from the hand of Pluto, and knowing that this is carved out of marble by a 23 year old Bernini, you will certainly be in awe as well.  The fact that I will be surrounded by stunning works of art as well as spectacular architecture too numerous to mention, and eating the most delicious food and gelato of this earth, drinking the nectar of the gods (what else, but wine?) I will surely be in heaven.  Let the Gates of Paradise open for my arrival to Italy in 20 days…


About Blogatrixx

I took a solo trip to Istanbul in May, 2012 that changed me forever. It started my passion for travel, and it also ignited my passion for photography. This blog was created to express and appreciate the beauty of life through my travels.
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