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Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Location: Florence, Italy

Subject: Streetscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1920s

Signature: A H Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 47 cm x 30 cm

This watercolour would have been painted on one of Knighton-Hammond’s early visits to Florence in 1922. The artist set himself up with his watercolours inside the Loggia dei Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria looking towards the Palazzo Vecchio. Michelangelo’s David (a copy with the original the star exhibit in the Galleria dell'Accademia) stands majestically outside the seat of government. Cellini’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa stands proudly looking into this iconic square. There is a powerful sense of authority about this freely painted picture. Like many of Knighton-Hammond’s Continental pictures of this period one can see the emerging mastery of urban streetscape painting in an Impressionist style and an understanding of the dynamics of urban life in Italy. Helped by the bright sunshine, Knighton-Hammond here has an instinctive feeling for light, colour and tone enabling him to produce this watercolour of luminosity and clarity.

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