Monday, September 1, 2014

Le Sergent Hoff

Statue of Ignace Hoff by Auguste Bartholdi, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Statue of Ignace Hoff by Auguste Bartholdi
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery)
Rue du Repos, 20e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“Sergeant Hoff, who has just died in Paris, was one of the popular figures in the siege of Paris. His name was a synonym for daring, and because of the number and character of his exploits he was, until his existence in flesh and blood was established, believed to be a myth, or the embodiment of ruse.”
(Noted French Soldier Dead, Los Angeles Herald, 25 June 1902)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wedding in Venice

Wedding in Palazzo Cavalli, Grand Canal, Venice
Wedding in Palazzo Cavalli (or Palazzo Corner Martinengo)
Seen from the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

“Palazzo Cavalli Civil ceremonies are held in Palazzo Cavalli, a charming Renaissance building overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid view of Rialto Bridge. Inside, three elegantly furnished rooms are set aside to the bride and groom. The largest room, which can seat about 25 guests, has large French windows taking up the whole wall, opening on a terrace over the Grand Canal. The wedding starts with a short bureaucratic part, then the ceremony takes place, lasting from fifteen to thirty minutes.”
(Palazzo Cavalli, The Venice Wedding Planner)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

San Matteo

“San Matteo” (Matthew the Apostle) by Lorenzo Ghiberti, 1420 (copy)
Orsanmichele, Via dell'Arte della Lana side
Florence, October 2013

“The exterior of the church is infinitely interesting - decorated with niches containing statues of saints commissioned by the various guilds of Florence (along with other carvings and architectural decorations). Fourteen guilds, including the silk workers, bankers, and the blacksmiths are represented. Although the program began during the late middle ages, the sculptures were not begun in earnest until the early fourteenth century. As a result, the entire range of Renaissance sculpture is represented, from the Early - Ghiberti's St. John the Baptist of 1414 (the first life-sized bronze cast in the Renaissance) - to the Late Renaissance - Giambologna's Saint Luke of 1601. All of the original works have been removed for restoration and replaced by copies.”

Friday, August 29, 2014

Golden Boy of Pye Corner

Golden Boy of Pye Corner, corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane, City of London, London
Golden Boy of Pye Corner
Corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane
City of London
London, October 2009

“Some time in the early 18th century a wooden effigy of a chubby little boy was carved to ornament Giltspur Street’s Fortune of War tavern, with the following words inscribed on his breast above his folded arms: ‘This boy is in memory put up for the late Fire of London, occasioned by the sin of gluttony, 1666’ – though by today’s standards he doesn’t look prodi­giously fat. When the tavern was later rebuilt the boy was installed above the door of the new premises. He wasn’t gilded until around the end of the 19th century, by which time the inscription had become illegible. Before it was golden the statue was simply known as ‘the Naked Boy’, ‘the Fat Boy’ or ‘the Glutton’.”
(Golden Boy of Pye Corner, Hidden London)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Firefighters at Saint-Lazare

Firefighters on stand-by outside the Saint-Lazare metro station, Cour de Rome, Paris
Firefighters on stand-by outside the Saint-Lazare metro station
Cour de Rome, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

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