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This morning, at the fantastic Fine Arts Museum of Valencia, featuring works from 14th to 17th century. Due to weather conditions the #sketchcrawl was displaced to this indoor spot. I’m always uncomfortable when sketching next to Masters like Sorolla,Velazquez, El Greco… but it was great to finally visit Pinazo’s temporary exhibition, before starting my sketch.

 Sunlight crosses those background facades, creating beautiful shadows; but only for 30 minutes. That’s why I had to go there twice, at the right hour, to paint it… ( at the first time, the sunlight disappeared before I finished the  watercolor ) .

In Florence, at Via de’ Tornabuoni, in between roberto Cavalli an Bulgari stores, facing Palazzo Strozzi. This palace, located in the heart of Florence, is one of the finest examples of private Renaissance architecture in this city.

According to Palazzo Strozzi Foundation‘s website, it was commissioned by the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi and the foundations were laid in 1489 according to a design by Benedetto da Maiano.  A year later the project was given to Simone del Pollaiolo, known as Cronaca, who worked on it until 1504 but the Palazzo was only finally finished in 1538. The Palazzo remained the property of the Strozzi family until 1937, and since 1999 it has been managed City of Florence.

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