Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Italian Cypress in Renaissance Art

The Italian Cypress Tree is one of the many unique features of the Tuscan landscape.  Their tall, conical shapes scatter Tuscany, and are very easily recognizable.  This was one of the first things I noticed as we walked through Castiglion Fiorentino.  These evergreen trees produce leaves that are dark green in color, and maintain this color throughout the year.  I love the way these trees look, and I think they are a common thread in the scenery of Tuscany.  They are a great representation of the Italian landscape. 

The Italian Cypress is also recognizable in artwork.  We had the wonderful opportunity of going to the Uffizi while in Florence.  There we were able to see several collections of artwork by the most famous artists that have ever lived.  One of these masterpieces is Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation.  This painting was completed between 1472-1475, and was one of his first commissioned works.  In this painting the angel Gabriel is telling the Virgin Mary that the Lord has chosen her to be the mother of Jesus.  The Italian Cypress trees are very apparent in the background of the painting.  The angel Gabriel and Mary are each framed with these dark green trees in the distance.  It is interesting that Leonardo used the Tuscan Landscape as a backdrop for this work.  This is characteristic of the high-Renaissance style.  There are many other Renaissance works in the Uffizi that capture the Italian landscape. 

I was so thankful that we were able to go to the Uffizi.  Sharon from Santa Chiara was a big help in getting us tickets for the museum.  I was really looking forward to seeing these famous works in person, and was glad to have the opportunity.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and gave us a great tour.  I would love to go back some day because there is so much to see!

- Emily Darling 

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