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Florence Norms

Next on the Italian tourist trail, the Norms have headed for Florence, for shopping in Milan was deemed inappropriate in the current economic climate. Taking inspiration from the significant artistic and architectural heritage of a city which was at the centre of the thriving artistic Renaissance, producing masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David, the Giotto frescoes of Santa Croce, Botticelli’s Venus and the vast collections of the Medici tribe, this Norm has turned all artist, setting up his easel on the banks of the River Arno. From there he can enjoy a perfect view of the famous Ponte Vecchio, a street of merchants suspended across the river, and atop of which a secret corridor links the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti – genius! Patiently, Artist Norm is recreating this magnificent view across the surface of his canvas, while a fellow tourist prefers the medium of photography to capture his impression of Florence, a city which is so beautiful, that it needed to be captured twice, reflected in double form in the waters which run peacefully through its centre.

Norms in Florence (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen and ink on paper)

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a delightful way to savor the scene.

    July 10, 2012
  2. Very cute. I recently did a sketch of the Ponte Vecchio bridge as well while I was visiting Florence.

    July 10, 2012
  3. millie #

    Beautiful! :)

    July 11, 2012
  4. Memories! This is amazing x

    July 12, 2012
  5. İncredible; No further structure :)

    July 12, 2012
  6. A-DO-RA-BLE! But one question, are they left/right armed forever, or the Norms can change their arm position?

    July 12, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! No, Norms are either born with a right hand or a left hand, much in the same way that we are born either with a dominant right or left hand. There’s no rule really as to which they’ll end up with, but it tends to run down the mother’s side of the family apparently! ;)

      July 12, 2012

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