Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Staircase

Spiral staircase, Rosenthaler Straße, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Rosenthaler Straße
Berlin, September 2011

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rio del Mondo Novo

A busy moment in Rio del Mondo Novo, Castello
Venice, October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hamlet

The allegory of the Drama personified by Shakespeare's Hamlet, sculpture by Eugène Louis Godin, Théâtre de la Gaîté, rue Papin, Paris
The allegory of the Drama personified by Shakespeare's Hamlet
Sculpture by Eugène Louis Godin, Théâtre de la Gaîté
Rue Papin, 3e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012
See also: Scapin

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace and the eastern column with the Lion of Saint Mark, Venice
Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and the eastern column with the Lion of Saint Mark
Venice, September 2012

“The palace is, or seems to be, a miracle of lightness. The European observer is accustomed to heaviness of foundation and lightness of summit. In the ducal palace the expectation is disappointed. The long double-storeyed arcade, at ground level, creates the illusion of space and airiness. The deep shadows within the arcade act as a metaphor for the foundation. The darkness has the illusion of volume. The upper part of the façade is made up of tiny marble pieces of pink and white and grey, in the pattern of damask, shimmering in the light of the lagoon. The whole structure has the exact proportions of a cube, but it is a cube of light. The palace might be said to float like the city itself. It is not, in Proust’s phrase, under the dominion of death.”
(Peter Ackroyd, Venice: Pure City)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Oder

Die Oder, The Oder, Neptunbrunnen, Neptune fountain by Reinhold Begas, Berlin
“Die Oder” (The Oder), Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain) by Reinhold Begas
Rathausstraße / Spandauer Straße
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Neptunbrunnen - The Rhine - The Elbe - The Vistula

Friday, October 26, 2012

San Michele in Isola

Church of San Michele in Isola, Isola di San Michele, Venice
Church of San Michele in Isola, Isola di San Michele (San Michele Island)
Venice, September 2012

“There is now an island of the dead close to the city. S. Michele once sustained a monastery devoted to learning but in the nineteenth century a cemetery was constructed here, so that the cadavers would no longer be close to the living population of Venice. The bodies are placed in little marble drawers like an enormous sideboard of mortality. The church of S. Michele, built some four centuries earlier, is like a whitened sepulchre guarding the site. Its recumbent corpses outnumber by many times the inhabitants of the city.”
(Peter Ackroyd, Venice: Pure City)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lingerie française

Lingerie française - The exhibition, Espace Pierre Cardin, Jardins des Champs-Élysées, Paris
“Lingerie française - The exhibition”, Espace Pierre Cardin
Jardins des Champs-Élysées / Avenue Gabriel
Paris, July 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Niccolò Tommaseo

El cagalibri, The Book Pooper, statue of Niccolò Tommaseo by Fancesco Barzaghi, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice
“El cagalibri” (The Book Pooper), statue of Niccolò Tommaseo
by Fancesco Barzaghi, Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco
Venice, September 2012

“Nicolò Tommaseo, the Risorgimento ideologue who was Manin’s right-hand man during the 1848 insurrection, is commemorated by the statue in the middle of Campo Santo Stefano; the unfortunate positioning of the pile of books (representing Tommaseo’s voluminous literary output) has earned the statue the nickname il Cagalibri – the Book-shitter.”
(Jonathan Buckley, The Rough Guide to Venice & the Veneto)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gustavo Espressobar

Ape car, Gustavo Expressobar, Oranienburger Strasse, Berlin
Gustavo Espressobar
Oranienburger Straße
Berlin, September 2011

Monday, October 22, 2012

Santa Maria della Salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (St Mary of Health), Dorsoduro
Venice, September 2012

“Generally referred to as La Salute, this crown jewel of 17th-century baroque architecture proudly reigns at a commercially and aesthetically important point, almost directly across from the Piazza San Marco, where the Grand Canal empties into the lagoon. The first stone was laid in 1631 after the Senate decided to honor the Virgin Mary of Good Health for delivering Venice from a plague. They accepted the revolutionary plans of a young, relatively unknown architect, Baldassare Longhena (who would go on to design, among other projects, the Ca’ Rezzonico). He dedicated the next 50 years of his life to overseeing its progress (he would die 1 year after its inauguration but 5 years before its completion). The only great baroque monument built in Italy outside of Rome, the octagonal Salute is recognized for its exuberant exterior of volutes, scrolls, and more than 125 statues and rather sober interior, though one highlighted by a small gallery of important works in the sacristy.”
(Frommer's Northern Italy including Venice, Milan & the Lakes, 3rd Edition)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scapin

The allegory of the Drama personified by Shakespeare's Hamlet, sculpture by Eugène Louis Godin, Théâtre de la Gaîté, rue Papin, Paris
Allegory of the Comedy personified by Molière's Scapin
Sculpture by Amédée Doublemard, Théâtre de la Gaîté
Rue Papin, 3e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012
See also: Hamlet

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ponte degli Scalzi

Ponte degli Scalzi, Bridge of the Barefoot, Canal Grande, Grand Canal, Venice
Ponte degli Scalzi (Bridge of the Barefoot [Monks])
Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Rhine

Der Rhein, The Rhine, Neptunbrunnen, Neptune fountain by Reinhold Begas, Berlin
“Der Rhein” (The Rhine), Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain) by Reinhold Begas
Rathausstraße / Spandauer Straße
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Neptunbrunnen - The Oder - The Elbe - The Vistula

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nell'arzanà de' Viniziani

Plaque quoting Dante's Inferno about the Venetian Arsenal, on the wall of the Arsenal, Venice
Plaque quoting Dante's Inferno about the Venetian Arsenal
Placed on its wall, on the right of the Porta Magna
Venice, September 2012

Quale nell'arzanà de' Viniziani
bolle l'inverno la tenace pece
a rimpalmare i legni lor non sani,
ché navicar non ponno - in quella vece
chi fa suo legno nuovo e chi ristoppa
le coste a quel che più vïaggi fece;
chi ribatte da proda e chi da poppa;
altri fa remi e altri volge sarte;
chi terzeruolo e artimon rintoppa -;
tal, non per foco ma per divin' arte,
bollia là giuso una pegola spessa,
che 'nviscava la ripa d'ogne parte.


Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia,
Inferno, XXI, vv. 7-18
(As in the Arsenal of the Venetians
Boils in the winter the tenacious pitch
To smear their unsound vessels o'er again,
For sail they cannot; and instead thereof
One makes his vessel new, and one recaulks
The ribs of that which many a voyage has made;
One hammers at the prow, one at the stern,
This one makes oars, and that one cordage twists,
Another mends the mainsail and the mizzen;
Thus, not by fire, but by the art divine,
Was boiling down below there a dense pitch
Which upon every side the bank belimed.
)


Translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gardeners Shed

Gardeners shed, Jardin des Plantes, Paris,
Gardeners shed, Jardin des Plantes
Paris, July 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Molino Stucky

Molino Stucky, island of Giudecca, Dorsoduro
Venice, September 2012

“The striking neo-Gothic hulk of the best-known factory complex on the island, the Mulino Stucky, was built in the late 19th century and employed 1500 people. Now it is a star of the Hilton Hotel chain, with 380 rooms, a conference centre and several restaurants and bars. The original façade has been preserved and it is hard to miss when looking across the western end of the Zattere. The factory was shut in 1954 and sat long in dignified silence. The Hilton chain saved it from the wrecking ball in 2000 and opened in mid-2007. The views from the main tower (if you manage to wander in) are breathtaking.”
(Lonely Planet Venice & The Veneto, 5th Edition, February 2008)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Low Floor Tram Cars

ADtranz low floor tram cars, Große Präsidentenstraße, Berlin
ADtranz low floor tram cars, Große Präsidentenstraße
Berlin, September 2011

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fondamenta della Pescheria

Blue huse, Fondamenta della Pescheria, Burano, Venetian Lagoon
Fondamenta della Pescheria
Burano, Venetian Lagoon
Venice, September 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Statue de la Liberté

Bronze copy made from the original plaster by Auguste Bartholdi, cast for the Musée des Arts et Métiers by Susse Fondeur, Square du Général-Morin, Paris
Bronze copy made from the original plaster (286 cm) by Auguste Bartholdi
Cast for the Musée des Arts et Métiers by Susse Fondeur, Paris
Square du Général-Morin, 3e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

See also: La Liberté éclairant le monde - Liberty Enlightening the World - Statue of Liberty

Friday, October 12, 2012

Porta Magna

The Porta Magna of the Arsenale di Venezia, Venetian Arsenal, Castello, Venice
The Porta Magna of the “Arsenale di Venezia” (Venetian Arsenal), Castello
Venice, September 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Berolinahaus

Berolinahaus (Berolina House) by Peter Behrens, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
Berolinahaus (Berolina House) by Peter Behrens
Alexanderplatz
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Völkerfreundschaft - Urania-Weltzeituhr - Haus des Lehrers - Alexanderhaus

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chiesa degli Scalzi

Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth, Saint Mary of Nazareth or Chiesa degli Scalzi, Church of the Barefoot Monks, Venice
Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth (Saint Mary of Nazareth) or
“Chiesa degli Scalzi” (Church of the Barefoot [Monks])
Cannaregio, Venice, September 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rue Henri de Bornier

Rue Henri de Bornier / Rue de Franqueville
16e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fondamenta Nuove

Fondamente Nove, Fondamenta Nuove, Cannaregio, Venice
Fondamenta Nuove, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Heinrich Zille

Heinrich Zille by Thorsten Stegmann, Poststraße, Nikolaiviertel, Berlin
Monument to Heinrich Zille by Thorsten Stegmann
Poststraße, Nikolaiviertel
Berlin, September 2011

“Born in Dresden in 1858, Heinrich Zille’s family moved to Berlin when he was a child. A lithographer by trade, he became the first prominent artist to evoke the social development of the city as the tendrils of modernity reached Berlin, creating an instantly recognisable style in his drawings of everyday life and real people, often featuring the bleak Hinterhöfe (inner courtyards) around which so much of their lives revolved. Even during his lifetime Zille was acknowledged as one of the definitive documenters of his time, and since his death in 1929 his prolific photographic work has also come to be seen as a valuable historical record.”
(Lonely Planet, Berlin Travel Guide, 6th Edition)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto sul Canal Grande, Rialto Bridge over Grand Canal, Venice
The Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) seen from the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2012

“There were many folk stories of the devil walking confidently over the bridges and along the calli of the city. He was reported to have taunted the mason working on the Rialto bridge, for example, with the claim that no one could build so wide an arch of stone. He offered to perform the work in exchange for the soul of the first person who crossed the bridge. It turned out to be the mason’s infant son.”
(Peter Ackroyd, Venice: Pure City)

Friday, October 5, 2012

A nos martyrs

A nos martyrs, To our martyrs, memorial to the fallen of 15th arrondissement by Charles Yrondi, rue Lecourbe, Paris
“A nos martyrs” (To our martyrs) by Charles Yrondi, 1934
Memorial to the fallen of 15th arrondissement
Rue Lecourbe, 15e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cavalo

Cavalo, sea horse, gondola, Rio del Mondo Novo, Venice
A “cavalo” (Venetian for horse), one of two sea horses adorning the central part of a gondola
Rio del Mondo Novo, Castello
Venice, October 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Devil's Bridge

Ponte del Diavolo, Devil's little bridge, Torcello, Venetian Lagoon
Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge)
Torcello, Venetian Lagoon
Venice, September 2011

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

San Servolo

Island of San Servolo, Venetian Lagoon
Venice, September 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Corte del Calderer

Corte del Calderer, San Polo, Venice
Corte del Calderer, San Polo
Venice, September 2012