Description 11x15 Watercolor;The Loggia dei Lanzi is a beautiful arched gallery that was built in the 14th century at the Piazza della Signoria right in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florance. This famous loggia served as a model for many loggias that were later built across Europe. The original purpose of the loggia was to shield dignitaries from the elements during ceremonies, public meetings, and events. Today it houses a number of statues which all rather strangely share a note of violence. The most notable being a statue showing the Greek hero holding up the head of the Medusa that he has just killed. Others are the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna and Hercules fighting the Centaur Nessus, and Menelaus supporting the Body of Patroclus, a Roman copy of the original Greek work, and The Rape of Polixena by Pio Fedi. I paint the vaulted ceiling red based on the feeling about cruel bloody stories.The covered open gallery with three large arches was built between 1376 and 1382. The beautifully proportioned open gallery was designed in a late Gothic style, a clear precursor to the soon to be popular Renaissance style. Michelangelo, one of the most prominent Renaissance artists, even proposed to extend the gallery along all sides of the Piazza della Signoria, but Cosimo I de' Medici, Duke of Florence, eventually decided it would be too expensive.The Loggia dei Lanzi is almost like an outdoor museum with its collection of impressive Renaissance and Roman sculptures.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.