Thursday, October 31, 2013

Grotta del Buontalenti

Grotta del Buontalenti, Buontalenti Grotto, Giardini di Boboli, Boboli Gardens, Florence
Grotta del Buontalenti (Buontalenti Grotto)
Giardini di Boboli (Boboli Gardens)
Florence, October 2013

“On both sides of the pillared entrance to the Buontalenti Grotto there are two niches with sculptures representing Ceres and Apollo. Both crafted by Baccio Bandinelli, the pieces were originally part of Vasari's nursery. Gorgeous though they are, the two sculptures are hardly the most impressive or eye-catching piece of the structure. The facade is completely overlaid with concretions similar to stalagmites. The tympanum is displayed in the center and the Medici coat of arms is supported by two mosaic feminine figures symbolizing Peace and Justice. The background of the facade, on which all of this sits, is decorated by mosaic frames containing sea goats and other mythical designs.”
(Buontalenti Grotto, Atlas Obscura)

2 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Fabulous. That's where the inspiration came from here...

l'alternativa said...

Mi fa piacere che tu abbia tanto apprezzato questo meraviglioso gioiello.
Buon fine settimana
Emi