Thursday, 28 April 2011


The sketch above is one I did in Florence while Alex was shopping. It is the statue of the Rape of the Sabine Women. The Rape of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families.

The statue is in the Loggia dei Lanzi and is by Giambologna, born as Jean Boulogne in Flanders 1529.

We visited Florence in the late Autumn and had a wondrful time. Where Rome is large, dirty and busy Florence was compact, classy and clean. The Uffizi gallery was magnificent and we devoted whole day to it. I could have stayed a week but there are limits to what you can put your wife through.

This was a trip where everything went right, unusual for us. Today I did a couple of sketches and Alex was working in the kitchen.

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