You can see work by the Great Masters like Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michangelo. It takes your breath away. You can't take photos in the museums, but I got one of this Michelangelo sculpture in the Medici Chapels.
The second photo is just a sample of the artwork that can be found in The Santa Maria Novella. This is The Holy Trinity by Masaccio. The scale, age and importance of these pieces is just overwhelming and humbling. Many of them took years to complete. We take things for granted like premixed paint in tubes, pre-stretched canvas, ready made synthetic brushed. Many of the masters worked in egg tempura before the 15th century and beyond. This is a permanent fast drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with a water-soluble binder medium (usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk or some other size) They mixed their own paint and worked on wood they prepared. These are the ingredients of a masterpiece!
Well I've 'rambled' on enough for now. Next installment I'll cover some other highlights.