Trecento Florence was a glorious place, a place where art and architecture and craft reached a magnificence, the scale of which would be hard to replicate. Is there another city where so many of the major monuments were developed in such a short span of time, and where such a high percentage of them are counted as world heritage ?
The wonderful thing is that so many of these artists worked together. The artistic climate must have been exciting, stimulating, inspirational. Daddi was an apprentice in Giotto's workshop. Orcagna and Daddi collaborated at Orsanmichele. Orcagna and di Cione were brothers. Daddi and di Cione both worked at the Bigallo. Brunelleschi and Michelangelo both work on San Lorenzo. Ghiberti and Brunelleschi competed for the Baptistery doors project and the dome project.
Florence was indeed one big artists' workshop at this time, culminating in the Duomo project -- everyone made a contribution at some point or other: Giotto -- capomaestro (campanile) Daddi -- painting Ghiberti -- capomaestro Pisano -- capomaestro Brunelleschi -- capomaestro (dome) Michelangelo -- scuplture Orcagna -- 1357-66 committee member Bonaiuti -- 1357-66 committee member Nardo di Cione -- painting Jacopo di Cione -- cathedral project Benci di Cione -- master mason Neri di Fioravanti -- 1357-66 committee member
A zaguán is the entryway into a house. In typical Andalusian houses, the zaguán is a smallish, dark passage inside the doorway that leads in turn to the larger, light-filled interior patio. In Seville, in the heat of summer, zaguán doors are left open so that passersby can take refuge from the sun and heat for a moment before continuing on their way.
We live in the Sunset district of San Francisco, where the fog wins out over the sun most days, and the search for refuge from the heat is a distant memory. Even so, we would like to share our home with you and our stories of growing up in Seville and growing up in San Francisco.