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Sunday, January 8, 2012

272 Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar arrive in Florence - Epiphany

When you visit the Palazzo Medici - Riccardi chapel in Florence ,the vivid images of the Medici family will stay in your mind .
The fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli (1459-1462) is in such detail and with  such vibrant colours,its almost photographic.
The chapel is extremely small and remains in darkness in between visitors.

December 6th is the Feast of Epiphany and representatives from every village and town in the Provinca da Firenze dress in the same costumes of the 1450s and parade through Florence from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Duomo of Florence. 

Accompanied by the flag throwers, the various bands ,the falconers , all the guilds are represented , the Church , the Knights of Malta ,all the ethnic groups and a multitude of others.

The three kings arrive on horse back.

.It was beautiful day and I found myself  darting in and out of the  growing crowds and standing on tip toe in the square to see the procession of hundreds  go into the Duomo.

Over the years Ive observed many processions both inside and outside of the Duomo.

Great attention to detail in the authenticity of the dress of the period.

The procession takes hours to meander all around the historic  centre of Florence.

Dante was there of course .

not quite 15th century !!

Brunelleschi's dome

release of hundreds of balloons

Spinners and dyers guilds


 Hope you have a guiding light for  a GREAT NEW YEAR.

  Ive just had an award from

Karin at   LA POUYETTE
 Thankyou Karin

 Please be sure to visit her.
  see you soon 
in the midst of a Leonardo landscape !!!