Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lebensalter

Lebensalter, Südbrunnen, Ages of life, South Fountain by Waldemar Grzimek, Hartmut Bonk, Fee Franck and Christian Höpfner, Wittenbergplatz, Berlin
“Lebensalter” or “Südbrunnen” (Ages of life - South Fountain) by Waldemar Grzimek
Wittenbergplatz, Schöneberg
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Lebensalter - Südbrunnen

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Le Porteur de viande

Le Porteur de viande, The Meat Porter by Albert Bouquillon, Parc Georges-Brassens, Paris
“Le Porteur de viande” (The Meat Porter) by Albert Bouquillon, 1991
Parc Georges-Brassens, 15e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Zodiac Wheel

Opus sectile zodiac, basilica of San Miniato al Monte, St. Minias on the Mountain, viale dei Colli, Florence
The wheel of the zodiac from the opus sectile pavement
San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain)
Viale dei Colli
Florence, April 2014

See also: San Miniato al Monte - Inside San Miniato

Opus sectile is an art technique popularized in the ancient and medieval Roman world where materials were cut and inlaid into walls and floors to make a picture or pattern. Common materials were marble, mother of pearl, and glass. The materials were cut in thin pieces, polished, then trimmed further according to a chosen pattern. Unlike tessellated mosaic techniques, where the placement of very small uniformly sized pieces forms a picture, opus sectile pieces are much larger and can be shaped to define large parts of the design.”
(Opus sectile, Wikipedia)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Winged Figure

Winged Figure by Barbara Hepworth, John Lewis department store, Holles Street at Oxford Street, London
Winged Figure” by Barbara Hepworth, 1963
John Lewis department store
Holles Street at Oxford Street
London, September 2015

“In 1961 John Lewis commissioned the Yorkshire-born artist to create a work that evoked common interest and ownership. Over the past 50 years the artwork has become part of the Oxford Street landscape, since it was unveiled to the public in 1963. Placed 13 feet above the busy cross-section between Holles Street and Oxford Street, it is estimated that the sculpture is seen by 200 million people a year.”
(John Lewis Oxford Street and The Hepworth Wakefield celebrate 50 years of Winged Figure, Hepworth Wakefield)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case

Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case, Via degli Artisti, Rome
Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case
Via degli Artisti
Rome, May 2012

“Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case is a Franciscan monastic complex and college in the Ludovisi district on the Pincian Hill in Rome. Its church building is the Irish national church in Rome. It contains the Cappella Da Sylva, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who also designed the funerary monument of his son Paolo Valentino Bernini in it.”

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Bride in Red

Wedding photographer at work, Napoleon Courtyard, Palais du Louvre, Louvre Palace, Paris
Wedding photographer at work, Cour Napoléon (Napoleon Courtyard)
Palais du Louvre (Louvre Palace), 1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Friday, February 27, 2015

Vera da pozzo

Bronze well-head  by Alfonso Alberghetti, Courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice
Bronze “vera da pozzo” (Well-head) by Alfonso Alberghetti, 1559
Courtyard of the Doge's Palace
Venice, September 2013

‘Still, in 1814 there were 5000 well-heads in Venice; in 1856 only 2000. Now only 17 of the earliest or Italo-Byzantine period remain, and nearly half of these are in the hands of antiquity dealers. Venice is always wishing to sell its birthright of art-treasures.’ When describing the Doge’s Palace he does not fail to mention the two bronze well-heads: ‘in the court are two magnificent well-heads (puteali) of bronze, one by Niccolò de’ Conti, Director of the Foundries of the Republic (1556), the other by Alfonso Alberghetti (1559)’.
(Venetian well-heads in nineteenth-century taste, Anna Tüskés quoting Venice by Augustus Hare, 1885)

See also: Bronze Well-head