Situated in Piazza della Signoria adjacent to Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi, the Loggia dei Lanzi possesses a timeless elegance that, at times during daylight hours, is overshadowed by the milling crowds of tourists. But in the still of the deep night, this fourteenth-century Gothic-styled three-arched loggia comes into its own, and the cool, moist air breaths life into its stone-bodied residents; for now, it’s their time to take centre stage.
Housed in this open-air gallery are a collection of statues from different eras. We have Hercules and Nessus, and Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna, Menelaus bearing the corpse of Patroclus, Perseus with the head of Medusa by Cellini, Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi and towards the back of the loggia are five female marble statues.
With the long shot taken from the middle of the Piazza, I have posted two multi-layered ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) images of Hercules and Nessus and The Rape of the Sabine Women.