Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sassetti Chapel

Cappella Sassetti (Sassetti Chapel) by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Basilica of Santa Trinita, piazza Santa Trinita, Florence
Cappella Sassetti (Sassetti Chapel) by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Basilica of Santa Trinita, piazza Santa Trinita
Florence, May 2017

“Francesco Sassetti (1421–1490) was a rich banker and a member of the Medici entourage, for which he directed the Medici Bank. In 1478 he acquired the chapel of St. Francis in Santa Trinita, after his proposal to add a decoration portraying the saint had been rejected by the Dominicans of Santa Maria Novella, where his family had had a chapel (later also frescoed by Ghirlandaio, and now known as the Tornabuoni Chapel) since the 14th century. He commissioned the execution of the frescoes from the most famed artist of the city, Domenico Ghirlandaio. The date of the contract is that signed next to the portraits of Sassetti and his wife (December 25, 1480), although the work was not carried out until between 1483 and 1486. The central altarpiece, depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds, is dated 1485. Ghirlandaio portrayed numerous figures of contemporary Florentine society in the scenes. All the work shows the importance of the influence on Ghirlandaio of Flemish school, in particular the Portinari Triptych by Hugo van der Goes, taken by him to Florence in 1483 and now in the Uffizi. The Chapel was restored in 2004.” (Sassetti Chapel, Wikipedia)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saurien

Saurien by Alexander Calder, 590 Madison Avenue, IBM Building, New York City
“Saurien” by Alexander Calder, 1975
590 Madison Avenue (IBM Building)
Madison Avenue at East 57th Street
New York, September 2008

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana boutique, Via Monte Napoleone, Milano
Dolce & Gabbana boutique
Via Monte Napoleone
Milano, November 2016

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Children

“My Children” by Allister Bowtell, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London
“My Children” by Allister Bowtell, 2002
Duke of York Square
London, September 2016

“Allister Bowtell, who has died of prostate cancer aged 66, was a fine sculptor, an exuberant model maker for television and films, and a larger than life character. He was a former chairman of Chelsea Arts Club - one of the few to be hauled before his own disciplinary committee - a leading light of the London Sketch Club and vice-president of the Vesta Rowing Club. His best-known recent work was the bronze sculpture of two children playing, commissioned by the Cadogan Estate for the Sloane Square refurbishment in London. He made the statues of Melpomene and Euterpe for Oxford's Bodleian Library. In contrast, for television he made models for Dr Who, including the original cybermen, and an edible bunch of flowers for Benny Hill. He made Rod Hull's emu, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee for Jonathan Miller's Alice. He made props for Monty Python and The Goodies, and body moulds for The Joys of Sex. He made a giant pack of Bubblicious chewing gum that blew enormous bubbles for a TV commercial. When he was asked for a model of a drowned man, he naturally wanted to river-test it. Before long, a concerned citizen called the police, doubtless reporting that the dead man's friends were being callously irresponsible. According to legend, three policemen arrived, the most senior of whom said, ‘It's all right, it's that bugger Bowtell again,’ and went on their way.” (Allister Bowtell, The Guardian)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Polizia Municipale

Polizia Municipale (Municipal Police), Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Polizia Municipale (Municipal Police)
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, May 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, 1908
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth). It was inaugurated February 9, 1908. The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. The Palau won the architect an award from the Barcelona City Council in 1909, given to the best building built during the previous year. Between 1982 and 1989, the building underwent extensive restoration, remodeling, and extension under the direction of architects Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz. In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau. Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó (Catalan song).” (Palau de la Música Catalana, Wikipedia)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Giardini Luzzati

Luzzati Gardens, Genoa
Giardini Luzzati (Luzzati Gardens)
Piazza Giardini Luzzati
Genoa, April 2016

Sunday, August 13, 2017

St Christopher's Place

St Christopher's Place, Barrett Street, Marylebone, London
St Christopher's Place
Barrett Street, Marylebone
London, September 2016

Saturday, August 12, 2017

San Gaetano

San Gaetano, also known as Santi Michele e Gaetano, Piazza Antinori, Florence
San Gaetano, also known as Santi Michele e Gaetano
Piazza Antinori
Florence, May 2017

“The church was built for the Theatine order, who obtained funding from the noble families in Florence, including the Medicis. Cardinal Carlo de' Medici was particularly concerned with the work, and his name is inscribed on the façade. Building took place between 1604 and 1648. The original designs were by Bernardo Buontalenti but a number of architects had a hand in building it, each of whom changed the design. The two most important architects were Matteo Nigetti and Gherardo Silvani. The church is also known as the Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano, because it was built at the site of a Romanesque church, San Michele Bertelde, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The new church was dedicated to Saint Cajetan, one of the founders of the Theatine order, though the church could not formally be named after him until his canonisation in 1671.” (San Gaetano, Wikipedia)

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Amazon

Equestrian statue by James Pradier, Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus), Paris
Amazon by James Pradier, 1852
Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus), rue Amelot
Quartier de la Folie-Méricourt, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“Two equestrian statues framed the entrance: a seductive Amazon by James Pradier on the left (which is said to have been modeled after the famous equestrienne, Antoinette Lejars, and was the second version of a statue whose first version adorned the façade of the Cirque des Champs-Eysées), and a Greek warrior by Duret and Bosio, on the right. Frieze and statues are still in evidence today, but the Victory holding a lantern, which originally topped the building, has long disappeared.” (Cirque d'Hiver, Circopedia)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lucio Dalla

Lucio Dalla stencil, Piazza de' Celestini, Bologna
Stenciled Lucio Dalla
Piazza de' Celestini
Bologna, June 2015

“As the title of one of his most famous songs states, Lucio Dalla was born on March 4, 1943, and became one of the most important, as well as most popular, figures in Italian pop music of the second half of the 20th century. Dalla's career was a fascinating musical rollercoaster through several distinct periods. More than once he managed to enrapture and then enrage fans and critics with his sudden changes of musical direction, which were, as is often the case in Italy, invariably perceived as sheer ideological betrayals. Still, at the same time that he was alienating one audience, he was attracting a new and often bigger one. Typically unfazed by controversy, Dalla never let criticism get behind his perennial sad buffoon façade, and kept doing things his way, even at the risk of self-parody. By the early 21st century, Dalla had long become an untouchable icon of Italian pop culture as everybody's favorite mischievous uncle.” (Lucio Dalla, AllMusic)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

International Seafarers Memorial

International Seafarers Memorial by Michael Sandle, International Maritime Organization Headquarters, Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London
International Seafarers Memorial by Michael Sandle, 2001
International Maritime Organization Headquarters
Albert Embankment, Lambeth
London, September 2016

“The International Maritime Organization has announced that renowned British sculptor, Michael Sandle has been chosen to create a memorial to the world’s seafarers at the Organization’s riverside headquarters on the Albert Embankment in London. He has been chosen to execute the sculpture based on the proposed design submitted – which is very clearly based on a cargo ship. Of his design Michael Sandle writes, ‘I have chosen a ship because it signals immediately and unmistakably what the Organization is about’.” (International Maritime Organization)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio

The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace), Piazza della Signoria, Florence
The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)
Piazza della Signoria
Florence, April 2017

“Literally ‘towering’ over Florence, the 95 mt. height Tower of Palazzo Vecchio is one of the city's unmistakable symbols and focal points. It is also one of the oldest parts of the building built between 1299 and the early 14th century, possibly to a design by Arnolfo di Cambio, as the seat of the city's government.” (The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio, Musei Civici Fiorentini)

Monday, August 7, 2017

El gat del Raval

El gat del Raval, Gato, Cat by Francesco Botero, Rambla del Raval, Barcelona
“Gato” (Cat) by Francesco Botero, 1990
Rambla del Raval
Barcelona, March 2017

“Fernando Botero's Cat was purchased by Barcelona City Council in 1987. From then until 2003 the cat wandered the city's streets in search of a permanent site. His first stop-off point was the Parc de la Ciutadella, near his fellow animals at Barcelona Zoo. Then he was taken to a site by the Olympic Stadium, and a few years later he was put in a little square behind Barcelona's medieval shipyards. Finally, in 2003, the decision was taken to move him to a permanent location at the end of the newly created Rambla del Raval. It is maybe because cats have nine lives, that he has made his presence so strongly felt. Everybody recognises the figure of the bronze cat, with his chubby, rounded form, childish features and long tail. The sculpture has become an integral part of one of Barcelona's most widely redeveloped areas and is a favourite meeting place. Some brave souls even clamber onto the cat's back to have their photos taken.” (Cat, Fernando Botero, Turisme de Barcelona)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Palazzo Molin a San Basegio

Palazzo Molin a San Basegio seen from the Giudecca Canal, Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Lungo, Dorsoduro, Venice
Palazzo Molin a San Basegio
Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Lungo
Seen from the Giudecca Canal
Venice, September 2013

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Kingly Court

Kingly Court, Beak Street, Soho, London
One of the Kingly Court entrances
Beak Street, Soho
London, September 2016

“In the past few years Kingly Court, a three-floored mini mall off Carnaby Street comprising 21 outlets arranged around a covered courtyard, has become known as the area's food quarter. Boutiques moved out and an exciting collection of bars, cafes and restaurants took their place, creating a concentrated hub of culinary choice not easily found elsewhere in central London. Many of these eateries are temporary pop-ups, where chefs and proprietors can test-run recipes and concepts, which means there's a new opening most months.” (What's happening in Kingly Court, central London's hottest food hub?, Evening Standard)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Pentolaccia Players

Giocatori della pentolaccia, Pentolaccia Players by Giovanni Battista Capezzuoli, Giardino di Boboli, Boboli Gardens, Florence
“Giocatori della pentolaccia” (Pentolaccia Players), by Giovanni Battista Capezzuoli, 1775
Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens)
Florence, January 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Double Schinkel

Statue of Karl Friedrich Schinkel by Friedrich Drake, Schinkelplatz, Berlin
Statue of Karl Friedrich Schinkel by Friedrich Drake, 1869
Schinkelplatz
Berlin, September 2011

“Schinkel, however, is noted as much for his theoretical work and his architectural drafts as for the relatively few buildings that were actually executed to his designs. Some of his merits are best shown in his unexecuted plans for the transformation of the Athenian Acropolis into a royal palace for the new Kingdom of Greece and for the erection of the Orianda Palace in the Crimea. These and other designs may be studied in his Sammlung architektonischer Entwürfe (1820–1837) and his Werke der höheren Baukunst (1840–1842; 1845–1846). He also designed the famed Iron Cross medal of Prussia, and later Germany. It has been speculated, however, that due to the difficult political circumstances – French occupation and the dependency on the Prussian king – and his relatively early death, which prevented him from seeing the explosive German industrialization in the second half of the 19th century, he was not able to live up to the true potential exhibited by his sketches.” (Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Marble Well

Monumental marble well in the courtyard, Santuario di Santa Caterina (Shrine of Saint Catherine), Costa di Sant'Antonio, Siena
Monumental marble well in the courtyard
Santuario di Santa Caterina (Shrine of Saint Catherine)
Costa di Sant'Antonio
Siena, April 2017

“The Shrine of Saint Catherine occupies the site of Catherine's family home, where she was born in 1347 and where she lived her austere early life as a Dominican affiliate. The house has been much adapted; it is now a series of chapels dedicated to the beloved saint. The monumental marble well in the courtyard dates to the 15th or 16th century.” (Shrine of St. Catherine, Sacred Destinations)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bell Tower & Walkie-Talkie

The bell tower of All Hallows-by-the-Tower with the 20 Fenchurch Street in background, London
The bell tower of All Hallows-by-the-Tower
With 20 Fenchurch Street in background
London, September 2016

“The church was badly damaged by an explosion in 1650 caused when some barrels of gunpowder being stored in the churchyard exploded; its west tower and some 50 nearby houses were destroyed, and there were many fatalities. The tower was rebuilt in 1658, the only example of work carried out on a church during the Commonwealth era of 1649–1660. It only narrowly survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 and owes its survival to Admiral William Penn, father of William Penn of Pennsylvania fame, who had his men from a nearby naval yard demolish the surrounding buildings to create firebreaks. During the Great Fire, Samuel Pepys climbed the church's spire to watch the progress of the blaze and what he described as ‘the saddest sight of desolation’. Restored in the late 19th century, All Hallows was gutted by German bombers during the Blitz in World War II and required extensive reconstruction, only being rededicated in 1957.” (All Hallows-by-the-Tower, Wikipedia)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ancient Baths

Bagni nelle antiche terme by Antonio Peppini, Borgo Santissimi Apostoli / Piazza del Limbo, Florence
“Bagni nelle antiche terme” by Antonio Peppini, 1826
Borgo Santissimi Apostoli / Piazza del Limbo
Florence, April 2017

“I am now standing opposite the famous Piazza del Limbo, that precious, sunken-in piazza that boasts the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli. But before I descend, I take in the nineteenth-century building on my side of the street, the Bagni nelle Antiche Terme, which stands on the site of the original Roman baths. Antonio Peppini funded the construction of this building in 1826 (his name adorns the building) to be used once again for the city's public baths. It is now a high-end tailor shop, Bottega delle Antiche Terme di Simone Abbarchi (no. 16).” (Borgo Santissimi Apostoli, The Florentine)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Torre de Collserola

Torre de Collserola by Norman Foster, Carretera de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, Barcelona
Torre de Collserola by Norman Foster, 1991
Carretera de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo
Barcelona, March 2017

“Torre de Collserola is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in the Serra de Collserola, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster and by the Spanish civil engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell. This emblematic tower was built in 1991 by the construction company Cubiertas y MZOV S.A. for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It features a pod for floor space like many towers but uses guy wires for lateral support like a mast. Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, this futuristic design provides the highest viewpoint over the city. The top antenna reaches 288.4 m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152 m (499 ft). The highest point of this tower is actually the highest place you could be in the city of Barcelona.” (Torre de Collserola, Wikipedia)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

St Paul's Within the Walls

St Paul's Within the Walls by George Edmund Street, Via Napoli, Rome
St Paul's Within the Walls by George Edmund Street, 1880
Via Napoli
Rome, April 2013

“St Paul's Within the Walls, also known as the American Church in Rome, is a church of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe on Via Nazionale in Castro Pretorio, Rome. It was the first Protestant church to be built in Rome. Designed by English architect George Edmund Street in Gothic Revival style, it was built in polychrome brick and stone, and completed in 1880. The church contains mosaics which are the largest works of the English Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.” (St Paul's Within the Walls, Wikipedia)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Brown Hart Gardens

Room without a View by Antony Gormley, Brown Hart Gardens, off Duke Street, Mayfair, London
‘Room without a View’ by Antony Gormley, 2014
(That thing above The Garden Café)
Brown Hart Gardens
Off Duke Street, Mayfair
London, September 2016

“Gormley has created his suite – it's called Room – for the Beaumont, a hotel due to open this autumn in Brown Hart Gardens. The hotel is not exactly a Travelodge. It is a swanky place that raises the question of how an artist can, in good faith, make a work that teases the general public with its shiny exterior while in reality be a delight for the rich guests this Mayfair establishment is hoping to attract. No one would tell me the cost for a night in Gormley's Room, though it's said to go for roughly £2,500.” (Antony Gormley's £2,500 Room without a view, The Guardian)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ai Weiwei. Libero

Ai Weiwei. Libero exhibition, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, Florence
“Ai Weiwei. Libero” exhibition
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi
Florence, January 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall, 6th Avenue, New York City
Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center
6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas)
New York, September 2008

Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978. It is notable as being the headquarters for the precision dance company, the Rockettes.” (Radio City Music Hall, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Giuseppe Parini

Statue of Giuseppe Parini by Luca Secchi, Piazza Cordusio, Milano
Statue of Giuseppe Parini by Luca Secchi, 1899
Piazza Cordusio
Milano, November 2016

“He was born in Cremona, but resided during his career mostly in Milan. He was initially a pupil of Pietro Magni, and then of Francesco Barzaghi at the Brera Academy. He worked on statues in bronze and marble. He exhibited in 1883 in Milan, a bronze statue titled: Modello in Riposo. His work Bel mattino was awarded at the 1883 Girotti competition. In 1884, in Turin, he exhibited a model for In Repose. In 1886 in Milan, he exhibited this statue in marble. He was commissioned a number of monuments in and around Milan. These include the Monument to the poet Giuseppe Parini, (1899) at the piazza Cordusio, Milan. The base was completed with Antonio Beltrami and inaugurated on the centenary of the writer's death. One of his masterworks is his monument to Verdi made for town where the composer lived.” (Luca Secchi, Wikipedia)

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Shard and the Staircase

The Shard and the London Bridge Staircase seen from the London Bridge, London
The Shard and the London Bridge Staircase
Seen from the London Bridge
London, September 2016

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Torre della Pagliazza

Torre della Pagliazza, Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, Florence
Torre della Pagliazza
Piazza Sant'Elisabetta
Florence, April 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Montjuïc Communications Tower

Montjuïc Communications Tower by Santiago Calatrava, Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring), Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc, Barcelona
Montjuïc Communications Tower by Santiago Calatrava, 1992
Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring)
Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Montjuïc Communications Tower, popularly known as Torre Calatrava and Torre Telefónica, is a telecommunication tower in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, with construction taking place from 1989 to 1992. The white tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. The 136-metre (446 ft) tower is located in the Olympic park and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame. The base is covered with trencadís, Gaudí's mosaic technique created from broken tile shards. Because of the tower's orientation, it works also as a giant sundial, which uses the Europa square to indicate the hour.” (Montjuïc Communications Tower, Wikipedia)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Street Musician

Street musician, Via Garibaldi, Genoa
Street musician
Via Garibaldi
Genoa, April 2016

Thursday, July 20, 2017

100 Regent Street

Number 100 Regent Street, Mayfair, London
Number 100 Regent Street, Mayfair
London, September 2016

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mary Magdalene

Painted wood Mary Magdalene by Desiderio da Settignano
Painted wood Mary Magdalene by Desiderio da Settignano, 1464
Church of Santa Trinita, Piazza Santa Trinita
Florence, April 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Party Headquarters

French Communist Party Headquarters, place du Colonel-Fabien, Paris
French Communist Party Headquarters
Place du Colonel-Fabien
Quartier du Combat, 19th arrondissement
Paris, July 2005

Monday, July 17, 2017

Casa Isolani

Casa Isolani (Isolani House), Strada Maggiore, Bologna
Casa Isolani (Isolani House)
Strada Maggiore
Bologna, Jene 2015

“Dominating the entrance to Strada Maggiore, one of the main streets of Medieval Bologna, is the doorway to the Casa Isolani. This is one of the most interesting examples of Roman-Gothic architecture in Bologna. The tall wood structure marks the beginning of the Corte Isolani, a covered passageway that connects two of the most monumental areas of Bologna. The complex of Isolani buildings, restored and opened to the public in 1999, still belongs to the family that gave it its name. It crosses the courtyards and atriums that line the shops, offices, and residences, continuing all the way to the Piazza Santo Stefano.” (Corte Isolani, ItalyGuides.it)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kayaking along the Thames

Kayaking along the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, London
Kayaking along the Thames
Between London Bridge and Tower Bridge
London, September 2016

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Green Balcony

A green balcony, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence
A green balcony
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Florence, April 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Casa Trias

Casa Martí Trias i Domènech by Juli Batllevell, Parc Güell, Barcelona
Casa Martí Trias i Domènech by Juli Batllevell, 1905
Parc Güell
Barcelona, March 2017

“October 1900 saw the start of work on dividing the site into levels, with building work proceeding at a good pace. On 4 January 1903, a description published in the Anuari de l’Associació d’Arquitectes (Association of Architects Year Book) noted that the two entrance pavilions had been constructed, as well as the main flight of steps, the shelter for horse-drawn carriages, the outer enclosure, the viaducts and part of the great esplanade, together with the water evacuation system. By 1907 events were already being held in the great square, from which we know that the hypostyle room was entirely covered by then, while the tiled bench running around it was completed in 1914. The first person to buy a plot in the Park, in 1902, was a friend of Güell, lawyer Martí Trias i Domènech, who commissioned architect Juli Batllevell with building his villa. At the same time, the works contractor, Josep Pardo i Casanovas, built a show house, designed by Gaudí’s assistant Francesc Berenguer, to encourage sales. Gaudí himself moved there in 1906 to live with his father and niece. Shortly afterwards, in 1907, Eusebi Güell converted the old mansion (Casa Larrard), that was already there when he bought the site for development, into his usual residence. Over those years, a large number of civic events were held in the great square, with the owner’s approval. The complex conditions for sale of the plots, under old emphyteusis (lifetime leasehold) contracts, the lack of a suitable transport system and the highly exclusive character of the development all made it unviable. A lack of buyers led to the works being abandoned in 1914, with only two of the sixty houses envisaged having been built. The park thus became a large private garden, which Güell allowed to be used for public events, while it began to appear in tourist guides to Barcelona as one of the attractions of the city.” (Over a hundred years of history, Park Güell)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sant’Eufemia

Sant'Eufemia church, Fondamenta Sant'Eufemia, Giudecca, Venice
Chiesa di Sant'Eufemia (Sant'Eufemia church)
Fondamenta Sant'Eufemia, Giudecca
Venice, September 2013

“It was initially built in the 9th century in the Venetian-Byzantine style. It was restored and rebuilt several times, finally in the 18th century, when the façade was altered, stucco applied to the central nave and the ceiling vaults of the interior and three altarpieces added - ‘Jesus among the Doctors’ in the Chapel of St Francis, a 1771 'Visitation of the Virgin' by Giambattista Canal and ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ by Jacopo Marieschi (the third of these has now been moved elsewhere). The ceiling painting is also by Canal in the style of Tiepolo and shows scenes relating to the church's patron saint - her baptism in the left aisle, the saint in glory in the central nave and episodes from her life in the right aisle. Its right side overlooks the Giudecca canal and has a portico with Doric style columns, taken from the nearby church and monastery of Santi Biagio e Cataldo during the latter's 1593 restoration. In a niche inside the porch is a Gothic-style image of the ‘Holy Bishop’ below a 14th century crucifixion with donors in the Byzantine style, set in a three-faceted bezel. Its interior is a three-nave basilica, whose original columns and capitals survive. A chapel now houses the remains of Blessed Giuliana of Collalto, translated there in 1822, again from santi Biagio e Cataldo. The left aisle also houses an 18th century marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Christ by Gianmaria Morlaiter in the left, whilst the firsts altarpiece in the right aisle houses the central part of a triptych of saint Roch and the angel under a lunette of the Virgin and Child, both by Bartolomeo Vivarini and dating to 1480. The presbytery also houses a painting of the Last Supper by Benfatto Alvise Dal Friso, from the Veronese school.” (Sant'Eufemia, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Of Saints and Sailors

Detail of Of Saints and Sailors by Benedetto Pietromarchi, St Mary Axe, City of London, London
Detail of ‘Of Saints and Sailors’ by Benedetto Pietromarchi, 2016
St Mary Axe, City of London
London, September 2016

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Abundance

The statue of the Abbondanza (Abundance) by Pietro Tacca, Homage to Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens), Florence
Statue of the “Abbondanza” (Abundance) by Pietro Tacca, 1636
Homage to Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens)
Florence, January 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Delivery Bike

Delivery bike, Deutsche Post, Rudi-Dutschke-Straße, Berlin
Delivery bike, Deutsche Post
Rudi-Dutschke-Straße
Berlin, September 2013

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Siena Cathedral

Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Duomo di Siena Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Siena
Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, 1348
(Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption)
Duomo di Siena Siena Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo
Siena, April 2017

Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is a medieval church in Siena, Italy, dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Previously the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Siena, from the 15th century the Archdiocese of Siena, it is now that of the Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino. The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from a hexagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.” (Siena Cathedral, Wikipedia)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cormorant

Cormorant by the Thames, Battersea Park, London
Cormorant on the Thames
Battersea Park
London, September 2016

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pinocchios

A bunch of plastic Pinocchios, Galleria degli Uffizi, Uffizi Gallery, Florence
A bunch of plastic Pinocchios
Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
Florence, April 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gare de Neuilly - Porte Maillot

Gare de Neuilly - Porte Maillot, Boulevard Pereire, Quartier des Ternes, Paris
Gare de Neuilly - Porte Maillot, 1854 (1871)
Boulevard Pereire
Quartier des Ternes, 17th arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fountain of Neptune

Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) by Giuseppe Valadier (architect), Giovanni Ceccarini (sculptor), Piazza del Popolo, Rome
Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), 1823
By Giuseppe Valadier (architect), Giovanni Ceccarini (sculptor)
Piazza del Popolo
Rome, April 2013

“Fountains by Giovanni Ceccarini (1822–23), with matching compositions of a central figure flanked by two attendant figures, stand on each side of the piazza to the east and west, flanked by neoclassical statues of The Seasons (1828). The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) stands on the west side, Neptune with his trident is accompanied by two dolphins. Rome between the Tiber and the Aniene on the east side, against the steep slope of the Pincio, represents the terminal mostra of the aqueduct. Dea Roma armed with lance and helmet, and in front is the she-wolf feeding Romulus and Remus.” (Piazza del Popolo, Wikipedia)





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Broad Family

The Broad Family by Xavier Corberó, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London, London
“The Broad Family” by Xavier Corberó, 1991
Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“Corberó's family members evoke a range of human feelings we all share – togetherness and separation, safety and vulnerability, innocence and experience. Approaching from a distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were hunks of rock. As you come closer the individual characters take shape, closer still and you’ll see a gentle humour woven into the work – in the ball, the dog and a pair of polished, lace-up shoes peeking out. Of great interest to visiting sculpture students, the scale of the basalt pieces is impressive, yet the distance between each figure is also important - a family group where each individual has its own space – something we all welcome at times. Considered by many to be Spain’s premier living sculptor, Corberó's roots are firmly in the Catalan artistic tradition. The son and grandson of artists and artisans, he is now based in Barcelona, a city he has perhaps influenced more than any artist since Gaudí. Many of his massive works line major boulevards, and he created the medals for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.” (The Broad Family, Broadgate)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Piazza Santa Croce Fountain

Santa Croce fountain, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Fountain (restored in 2017)
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, April 2017

“On November 27, 2015, at the culmination of three days of sumptuous celebrations, the fairytale marriage of the son of Indian millionaire Yogesh (‘Yogi’) Mehta, Rohan and his bride Roshni took place in piazza Ognissanti. Only disappointed that Rohan could not, for health and safety reasons, arrive at the ceremony by elephant, the groom’s father, whose personal fortune is said to top 665 million euro, paid for it all. Mehta is the founder of the Petrochem empire, based in Dubai, with offices in Mumbai, Antwerp and London, as well as in Singapore and China. The marriage cost the entrepreneur an estimated eight million euro. About a third of this money went into the coffers of the City of Florence as payment for the use of public land and as tourist taxes generated by the 500-plus wedding guests staying in luxury hotels around town, whilst an additional 58,000 euro was earmarked to restore the fountain in piazza Santa Croce.” (The piazza Santa Croce fountain, The Florentine)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Las Golondrinas

One of the Las Golondrinas tourist boat, seen from Plaça Rosa dels Vents, Barcelona
One of the “Golondrinas” tourist boat
Seen from Plaça Rosa dels Vents
Barcelona, March 2017

Barcelona Mar offers for 1h30' the opportunity to visit the port, coastline and beaches of Barcelona. The ship sails from the Portal de la Pau (next to the Drassanes pier, under the Colón monument), and travel 9 miles sailing along the coast of Barcelona showing the main buildings that make up the city skyline. It is a perfect activity for children, as it is a unique opportunity to enjoy nature and different view of the city, while allowing you to discover all its emblematic monuments, symbols of the culture of Barcelona.” (Las Golondrinas de Barcelona)