Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi, piazza Strozzi, Florence
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
Florence, April 2014

“Situated between Piazza Strozzi and via Tornabuoni in the heart of Florence, the Palazzo Strozzi is one of the finest examples of Renaissance domestic architecture. 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. Since the Second World War the Palazzo has been Florence’s largest temporary exhibition space.”
(Palazzo Strozzi, History, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Carlo Goldoni

Monument to Carlo Goldoni by Antonio Dal Zotto, Campo San Bartolomeo, Venice,
Monument to Carlo Goldoni by Antonio Dal Zotto, 1883
Campo San Bartolomeo, San Marco
Venice, September 2013

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Human Youth

First human Youth made from clay by Prometheus, by Paul Manship, Rockefeller Center, New York
“First human Youth made from clay by Prometheus” by Paul Manship
Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center
New York, September 2007

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Sons of Cain

Le fils de Cain, The Sons of Cain by Paul Landowski, Galerie du Bord de l’eau, Tuileries Garden, Paris
“Le fils de Cain” (The Sons of Cain) by Paul Landowski, 1903
Galerie du Bord de l’eau
Tuileries Garden, 1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

See also: King Edward VII - Henri Farman

“This bronze group depicts the shepherd Jabal, the poet Jubal and the blacksmith Tubal Cain. An inscription describes them. ‘Is this not all mankind? The man of the fields, the poet, the city worker.’ (Journal 1903). Landowski was inspired by three young Tunisians he met on a trip walking ‘in brotherly unison (…) walking as one single block, without the least mawkishness.’ The work was originally installed in the Cour Napoleon and moved in 1984 to the Terrasse along the water.”
(The Sons of Cain, Paul Landowski)

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Moses, copy of the original bronze panel of the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti, Baptistry of Saint John, Florence
“Moses”, copy of the original bronze panel of the
Porte del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) by Lorenzo Ghiberti
(The top right head is a self-portrait of the artist)
Battistero di San Giovanni (Florence Baptistery)
Piazza del Duomo
Florence, October 2013

See also: Adam and Eve - Cain and Abel - Noah - Abraham - Isaac with Esau and Jacob - Joseph

Friday, August 22, 2014

Igor Stravinsky

Graves of Igor Stravinsky and Vera Stravinsky, Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Isola di San Michele, Venice
The graves of Igor and Vera Stravinsky
Isola di San Michele, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“Venice is no ordinary city, and neither is its cemetery. Until the early 19th century, Venetians usually buried their dead under paving stones within the central city -- not a salutary practice, particularly in times of pestilence. So the Austrian occupation decreed in 1837 that San Michele would be the only possible burial ground for most Venetians. (A Jewish cemetery dating from the 14th century is on the Lido.) Since San Michele is a very small island, however, it is usually only a temporary resting place. After about 12 years, most remains are exhumed and either cremated or deposited in an ossuary on the mainland. A few privileged families can lease space longer.”
(Venice's Isle of the Dead, The New York Times)

Thursday, August 21, 2014


New Apartmenthouse by J. Mayer H. Architects, Johannisstraße, Berlin
JOH3, residential building by J. Mayer H. Architects
Johannisstraße 3
Berlin, September 2011

“Property development group Euroboden is realizing a unique residential building at Johannisstraße in Mitte, Berlin’s downtown district. J. MAYER H. architects’ design for the building, which will soon neighbour both Museum Island and Friedrichstrasse, reinterprets the classic Berliner residential building with its multi-unit structure and green interior courtyard. The sculptural design of the suspended slat facade draws on the notion of landscape in the city, a quality visible in the graduated courtyard garden and the building’s silhouette and layout.”
(JOH3, J. Mayer H. Architects)