Thursday, July 31, 2014

Le Caméléon

Le Caméléon cocktail bar, jazz club
Rue Saint-André-des-Arts, 6e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“You will know when a band is playing in the vaulted room downstairs at Le Cameleon because there will be a crowd waiting to squeeze in at the door. And squeeze in they will - to the point where you'll be hardly able to breathe (although holding your breath is probably a good idea, since the space reeks of stale sweat and cigarette smoke). But this is a good thing: jazz clubs are meant to be cramped, dark, dingy and damp. Use your luminous cocktail cherry to light the way down deeper into the vault and you'll never want to come out to see the light of day.”
(Le Cameleon, Hg2 Paris)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Crucifix by Cimabue, 1288
Basilica of Santa Croce
Florence, October 2013

“The crucifix was installed in church of Santa Croce at the end of the thirteenth century and remained there until 1966, when the banks of the Arno river burst and flooded the Florence. Thousands of art works were damaged or destroyed, and the Crucifix–widely considered the most important piece affected by the flood–lost 60% of its paint. It had suffered earlier flood damage in 1333 and 1557. In 1966 it was on display in the lower Museo dell' Opera, closer to the waterline than it had been during earlier floods. The water level reached the height of Christ's nimbus, and when it retreated it took large tracts of paint with it. The water left the canvas stripped, with tiny specks of pigment floating around it (which were picked up with pliers by staff wading in the water after the torrents had subsided), and deposited oil, mud and naphtha on the wood frame.”
(Crucifix by Cimabue, Santa Croce, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paolo Sarpi

Statue of Fra (Brother) Paolo Sarpi by Emilio Marsili, Campo Santa Fosca, Venice
Statue of Fra (Brother) Paolo Sarpi by Emilio Marsili, 1892
Campo Santa Fosca, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

Monday, July 28, 2014

Humboldt Universität

Humboldt Universität, Humboldt University, Unter den Linden, Berlin
Humboldt Universität (Humboldt University)
Unter den Linden
Berlin, September 2011

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child by Antonio Raggi, after Gian Lorenzo Bernini, church of Saint Joseph des Carmes, rue de Vaugirard, Paris
“Virgin and Child” by Antonio Raggi (1650–51), after Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Church of Saint Joseph des Carmes
Rue de Vaugirard, 6e arrondissement
July 2014, Paris

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Coat

Detail of Manfredo Fanti's Monument, piazza San Marco, Florence
Detail of the monument to General Manfredo Fanti by Pio Fedi, 1873
Piazza San Marco
Florence, October 2013

See also: Manfredo Fanti

Friday, July 25, 2014

Campiello Santa Maria Nova

Campiello Santa Maria Nova, Cannaregio, Venice
Campiello Santa Maria Nova
Venice, September 2013