Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ninfa

Ninfa di Emilio Greco, Via Cesare Battisti, Padua
“Ninfa” di Emilio Greco, 1973
Via Cesare Battisti
Padua, September 2013

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Whole Foods Piccadilly

Whole Foods Market Piccadilly Circus, Glasshouse Street, London
Whole Foods Market Piccadilly Circus
Glasshouse Street
London, September 2014

Friday, July 3, 2015

Columbus on the Mall

Christopher Columbus by Jeronimo Suñol, Central Park, New York
Christopher Columbus by Jeronimo Suñol, 1894
The Mall, Central Park
New York, September 2007

“Another statue of Columbus, by Spanish sculptor Jeronimo Sunol, was unveiled on May 12, 1894 on the Mall. The Russo monument shows Columbus looking outward with his hand on the tiller of his ship, while the Sunol monument portrays a more spiritual explorer with his outstretched arm and eyes looking upward to heaven in gratitude for his successful voyage. Sunol modified this sculpture from one he had done in 1885 in the Plaza de Colon in Madrid.”
(Christopher Columbus, Central Park Conservancy)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chaim Soutine

Notes on the tomb of Chaim Soutine, Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris
Notes on the tomb of Chaim Soutine, 1943
Montparnasse Cemetery, 14e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“After years of poverty Soutine suddenly became famous in 1923 when Paul Barnes, a wealthy American collector, bought 60 of his paintings at once. He destroyed many more of his canvases in fits of depression and did not hold a major exhibition until 1927. As a Jew during the Nazi occupation of France Soutine was forced to go into hiding, and he died of a perforated ulcer because he could not get proper medical attention in time. His gentile mistress had him buried in a Christian grave at Montparnasse Cemetery to avoid suspicion. Today his paintings are worth millions.”
(Chaim Soutine, Find a Grave)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sogni d'estate

Sogni d'estate, Summer Dreams by Leonardo Lucchi, Bologna
“Sogni d'estate” (Summer Dreams) by Leonardo Lucchi, 2011
Via IV Novembre
Bologna, June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fire

Fire by Nic Fiddian-Green, Mount Street Gardens, South Audley Street, London
“Fire” by Nic Fiddian-Green, 2011
Mount Street Gardens, South Audley Street
Mayfair, City of Westminster
London, September 2014

Monday, June 29, 2015

Via Condotti

Via Condotti, Roma
Via Condotti, seen from the top of the Spanish step
Rome, September 2010

“The most famous fashion streets in Rome are three parallel streets that all meet up with Via del Corso, starting from Piazza di Spagna or near there: Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina. The most famous of the three is Via Condotti, which owes its name to the channels that carried water to the Agrippa thermal spa baths. Today it is one of the most elegant streets in the world, lined with the shops of the most famous fashion labels such as Bulgari, who opened his ‘atelier’ here in 1905, Hermés, Cartier, Ferragamo and Battistoni, a historical Roman atelier of male tailored fashion that was a favorite of the Duke of Windsor.”
(Shopping, Italy Travel Guide)