Thursday, July 30, 2015

“Floan” and “Paris Iena”

Floan and Paris Iena boats, river Seine, Paris
“Floan” and “Paris Iena” boats
River Seine
Paris, July 2014

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Apostles

Statues of the apostles, church of Santa Maria Assunta, Cannaregio, Venice
Statues of the apostles, church of Santa Maria Assunta, known as “I Gesuiti
Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“The façade is as overpopulated as you'd expect from a Baroque church in Venice. It is said to be the work of Giovanni Battista Fattoretto, probably to an original design by Rossi. On the first level there are statues of the apostles who witnessed the Assumption of the Virgin, by various sculptors. The Virgin passing into Heaven, with angels with robes billowing in the wind above the pediment, are by Giuseppe Torretti.”
(Gesuiti, The Churches of Venice)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden market, London
Covent Garden Market by Charles Fowler, 1833
Covent Garden Piazza
London, September 2014

“The Piazza was laid out in 1631 by Inigo Jones. Its layout owed much to his knowledge of the formally-designed piazzas of Italy, particularly the market square at Leghorn, and to the Place des Vosges in Paris; Summerson has described it as ‘the first great contribution to English urbanism.’ Some of the original street names have been retained: King Street, Charles Street, Henrietta Street were named in honour of Charles I and his Queen Henrietta Maria; Catherine Street, from the consort of Charles II. Bedford Street, Russell Street, Southampton Street and Tavistock Street derive their names from the titles of the Russell family.”
(Brief History of Covent Garden, Covent Garden Area Trust)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stadtrundfahrt Nostalgie

Stadtrundfahrt Nostalgie, Sightseeing Nostalgia, Unter den Linden, Berlin
Stadtrundfahrt Nostalgie (Sightseeing Nostalgia)
Unter den Linden
Berlin, September 2011

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mère et Enfant

Mère et Enfant, Mother and Child by Baltasar Lobo, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, rue Berryer, Paris
“Mère et Enfant” (Mother and Child) by Baltasar Lobo, 1947
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré / rue Berryer
8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Calvary Niche

Calvary Niche, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bologna
Calvary Niche, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (5th century)
Basilica di Santo Stefano, Piazza Santo Stefano
Bologna, June 2015

“A low door on the left wall of this church leads into the next – the Holy Sepulchre. This cylindrical edifice, like a tall grain silo, is the site of a Roman temple of Isis that was the first sacred building on the site. One of the Roman columns still stands, a slim marble rod jammed up against a stouter brick-built neighbour. In the middle of the space stands a 1000-year-old mausoleum – a building within a building. It is an exact copy of the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, or it would be exact if it had not been altered and amended down the centuries. This is the resting-place of Petronius, 5th-century bishop of Bologna and now the city’s patron saint. At the bottom of the structure, like the grate in a fireplace, is a barred window, through which you peer to see the grave of Petronius.”
(A House of Many Mansions, Bologna for Connoisseurs)

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Conversion of St Paul

The Conversion of St Paul by Bruce Denny, St Paul's, Covent Garden, London,
The Conversion of St Paul by Bruce Denny, 2010
Churchyard of St Paul's, Covent Garden
City of Westminster
London, September 2014