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Florence IV

September 22, 2011

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Peggy in the bookstore at the Strozzi Palace, shot through a prism toy.

Monday, September 19

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Today’s main event was a visit to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, but we detoured through the Strozzi Palace on the way, and checked out the courtyard.

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The courtyard of the Museo, with John the Baptist about to lose his head. The Museo holds statuary taken from the Duomo during its numerous architectural revisions, and there’s a wooden model of Brunelleschi’s dome upstairs.

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In the Museo.

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Della Robia’s choir loft, some of the first sculpture to feature children.

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A few of the loft panels.

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After leaving the Museo, we were able to peek in the window of the Museo studio, where statues and ornaments are repaired or copied, an ongoing job.

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From the Duomo neighborhood we walked over to the Piazza S.S. Annunziata, and here I found a dice game going on, appropriately, at the Hospital of the Innocents.

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Facing the Piazza is the Santissima Annunziata church, with an unprepossessing exterior, but with a quietly amazing chapel.

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