January 22, 2014

Grand Duke Cosimo I

By In Wednesday Photo Shot
A weekend in Florence and you can’t escape the statues. Thinking about it you could substitute practically ANY European city name in that opening sentence but I can’t think of anywhere else that has quite so many statues as Piazza della Signoria in Florence. OK they aren’t all originals. That there David with the outsized hands is a copy (the original was moved to the Accademia in 1873) as are several under the Loggia dei Lanzi. Not sure about good old Cosimo though.

The statue of Grand Duke Cosimo I dates from 1595 celebrating Cosimo’s subjugation of Tuscany under his military rule. This is a night shot; hand-held although a tripod would have resulted in a much sharper image. In the sky behind is the moon fighting through that weekends rain-filled clouds. The photo was converted to black and white in Topaz B&W, given some Topaz Clarity too.

Statue of Grand Duke Cosimo I, Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Statue of Grand Duke Cosimo I, Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Cosimo I de’ Medici (12 June 1519 – 21 April 1574) was the second Duke of Florence from 1537 until 1569, when he became the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. Wikipedia

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