Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holy Apostles

Bell tower of the church of the Santi Apostoli di Cristo
(Holy Apostles of Christ) by Alessandro Vittoria 1575
Campo Santi Apostoli, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“The 7th Century campanile was destroyed by the fire of 1105. Rebuilt 1450, renovated 1601-09 by Francesco di Piero, brought down by a storm in 1659 and rebuilt 1672-1720 to a design by Andrea Tirali. Jan Morris says that an 'old and simple' sacristan fell from the campanile soon after its completion in 1672(?) but was caught by the minute hand on the clock, and so was slowly lowered to a parapet as time passed.” (Santi Apostoli, The Churches of Venice)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Zsolnay Tiling

Colourful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs, Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok) by Samu Pecz, Fővám tér, Budapest
Colourful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs
Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok) by Samu Pecz, 1897
Fővám tér
Budapest, September 2017

“Pyrogranite refers to a type of ornamental ceramics that were developed by Zsolnay and placed in production by 1886. Fired at high temperature, this durable material remains acid and frost-resistant making it suitable for use as roof tiles, indoor and outdoor decorative ceramics, and fireplaces. Architects that used the material in their buildings include Miklós Ybl, Ödön Lechner, Béla Lajta, Samu Pecz, and Imre Steindl. It can be seen in buildings such as Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Museum of Applied Art, the Geological Institute, the Kőbánya Church, the Gellért Baths (all these buildings are in Budapest), the Town Hall in Kecskemét and many buildings, like the Post Office Palace, in Pécs.” (Zsolnay, Wikipedia)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Facade of San Miniato

Facade of San Miniato al Monte, Viale dei Colli, Florence
Facade of San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain)
Viale dei Colli
Florence, April 2015

“St. Miniato or Minas was an Armenian prince serving in the Roman army under Emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming a hermit and was brought before the Emperor who was camped outside the gates of Florence. The Emperor ordered him to be thrown to beasts in the Amphitheatre where a panther was called upon him but refused to devour him. Beheaded in the presence of the Emperor, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno and walked up the hill of Mons Fiorentinus to his hermitage. A shrine was later erected at this spot and there was a chapel there by the 8th century. Construction of the present church was begun in 1013 by Bishop Alibrando and it was endowed by the Emperor Henry II. The adjoining monastery began as a Benedictine community, then passed to the Cluniacs and then in 1373 to the Olivetans, who still run it. The monks make famous liqueurs, honey and herbal teas, which they sell from a shop next to the church.” (San Miniato al Monte, Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Industrial Palace

Middle hall of the Průmyslový palác (Industrial Palace) by Bedřich Münzberger, Výstaviště Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds), Areál Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague
Middle hall of the Průmyslový palác (Industrial Palace) by Bedřich Münzberger, 1891
Výstaviště Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds)
Areál Výstaviště, Holešovice
Prague, September 2017

“The Industrial Palace (Czech: Průmyslový palác) is an Art Nouveau (or Historicism) building, built by Bedřich Münzberger in 1891, which is used for exhibition purposes, but also for various cultural events. It is a glass building with steel construction and is divided into 3 independent parts, left and right wing and a middle hall with 51 m high clock tower. In 2008 the Palace was engulfed in a fire and the left wing burned. The left wing is currently being rebuilt.” (Výstaviště Praha, Wikipedia)

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Dome and the Bell Tower

The dome and the bell tower of the Duomo di Siena (Siena Cathedral), Piazza del Duomo, Siena
The dome and the bell tower of the Duomo di Siena (Siena Cathedral)
Piazza del Duomo
Siena, April 2017

“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)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Čumil

Čumil (The Watcher) by Viktor Hulík, Rybárska Gate, Panská, Laurinská, Bratislava
“Čumil” (The Watcher) by Viktor Hulík, 1997
Rybárska Gate / Panská / Laurinská
Bratislava, September 2017

“The literal translation of the word Čumil is ‘the watcher’. There are two possible explanations for its name. The first rumour says that he is a typical communist era worker who is not bothered about the work he’s supposed to be doing. According to the second rumour, he's looking under the women’s skirts. Choose the one you like more... This most photographed statue of our city attracts tourists at the junction of Laurinská and Panská Streets. Since 1997, when it was first embedded in the ground, it has become one of the symbols of our Old Town. There is a story around this man sticking out of a manhole. The story says that a wish will come true for you if you touch the head of the man – if you keep it secret forever.” (Bratislava Statues, Welcome to Bratislava)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Villa Torrigiani

South facade of Villa Torrigiani, Camigliano, Capannori, Lucca
South facade of Villa Torrigiani
Camigliano, Capannori
Lucca, October 2017

“The first mention of the villa dates back to 1593, as belonging to the Buonvisi family. It was bought later by Nicola Santini, into whose family it passed. Santini rebuilt the south facade in the Baroque style at the end of the seventeenth century, probably in imitation of the architecture of Versailles where he was ambassador to the Republic of Lucca. The rebuilding involved the addition of two wings to the villa, and the modification of the front by the addition of a massive scale range leading to a serliana, duplicated on the upper floor with two balconies, decorated with statues. He also laid out new gardens. At the front, parterres were arranged around two pools. At the rear, a fountain was built as the focus of the garden, and another sunken ‘garden of Flora’ was laid out to the east. In 1816 Victoria Santini married into the eponymous Torrigiani family, who uprooted the existing garden to make an ‘English style’ park. Only the garden of Flora survived. Now the villa is owned by Fabio Colonna di Stigliano.” (Villa Torrigiani, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Library & Learning Center

Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid Architects, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Welthandelsplatz, Vienna
Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid Architects, 2013
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Welthandelsplatz
Vienna, September 2017
“The external appearance of the building is characterized by contrasting sections of light and dark. Colored fiber-reinforced concrete was used to construct the façade. The two building segments are separated by a seam of glass. The main entrance of the building faces the campus' central square, the WU Stage. The cantilevered roof extending towards the square makes the entrance instantly recognizable. The building's massive exterior is furrowed with narrow, canyon-like divisions and made up of two sections. Once inside, the Forum and the entry area are made to feel like extensions of the square outside. The generously proportioned atrium also serves as WU's main reception area. Wide, spiral ramps and stairways lead from the entry area up through the OMV Central Library, which extends funnel-like through 6 stories of the building. The top two floors are dedicated entirely to the library, where the wide, glass-fronted student work area offers a breathtaking view of Prater Park. The building's interior consists of a mix of self-study zones and student service units on the lower floors, combined with library space and spectacular views of the campus on the upper stories.” (Library & Learning Center, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pietro Metastasio

Monument to Pietro Metastasio by Emilio Gallori, Piazza della Chiesa Nuova (Moved in 1910), Rome
Monument to Pietro Metastasio by Emilio Gallori, 1886
Piazza della Chiesa Nuova (Moved in 1910)
Rome, April 2013

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fisherman's Bastion

Halászbástya (Fisherman's Bastion) by Frigyes Schulek, Szentháromság tér (Trinity Square), Budapest
Halászbástya (Fisherman's Bastion) by Frigyes Schulek, 1902
Szentháromság tér (Trinity Square)
Budapest, September 2017

“The Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Construction of the bastion destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century Dominican Church which had to be pulled down. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill. The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen's guild and this is the reason why it was called fishermen's Bastion. Other people say, it got the name from the part of the city, which lies beneath the tower. The guild of fishermen was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages.” (Fisherman's Bastion, Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Torre di San Niccolò

Torre San Niccolò (St. Nicholas Tower), Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, Florence
Torre di San Niccolò (St. Nicholas Tower)
Piazza Giuseppe Poggi
Florence, April 2015

“The Torre di San Niccolò used to be part of the old city walls that protected Florence. One of the entrance gates to the city as well as a watch station, San Niccolo is the tallest of the ancient city towers still standing today. From June to September this Medieval tower that goes back to 1324 is open for visits. Standing about 60 meters tall (about 200 feet) from the top of the crenellated terrace you get a 360° view of the city. From this unique vantage point along the river you can take in Piazzale Michelangelo's bronze David, the Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, the town of Fiesole as well as the Ponte Vecchio and all the other bridges that span the Arno.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Man Hanging Out

Zavěšený muž (Man Hanging Out) by David Černý, Husova, Staré Město, Prague
“Zavěšený muž” (Man Hanging Out) by David Černý, 1996
Husova, Staré Město
Prague, September 2017
“Dangling above one of the cobblestone streets in Prague’s Old Town is a statue that has caused more than a few people to be concerned that a man is about to plummet to his death, but fear not, it is simply a fake Sigmund Freud. First created in 1996, the work known as ‘Zavěšený muž’ (Man Hanging Out) is the vision of Czech sculptor David Černý, whose work can actually be found all across Prague. Many of Cerny’s works are seen as somewhat deliberately provocative, and this one is no different. The dangling Freud is surprisingly lifelike at a distance, and a number of people have sincerely taken it for a person in danger. However, it is simply a sculptural statement about intellectualism in the 20th century and Černý’s uncertainty about it.” (Man Hanging Out, Atlas Obscura)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scior Carera

Scior Carera (Milanese for ‘Mister Carera’), Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Scior Carera (Milanese for ‘Mister Carera’),
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Milan, November 2016

“The name ‘Carera’ is a corruption of the first word ‘Carere’ of the epigraph found below the statue. The sculpture is a marble bas-relief dating back to the 3rd century. It depicts a man wearing a toga, with the right leg slightly put forward; it has lost its arms as well as its head. The latter was replaced in the middle ages, supposedly to represent archbishop Adelmanno Menclozzi. Under the relief there is an epigraph with a sentence credited to Cicero, Carere debet omni vitio qui in alterum dicere paratus est (‘Anybody who wants to criticise someone should be free from all faults’). Another inscription below this one remembers the former collocation of the statue in Via San Pietro all'Orto as well as the role this statue has played in the 19th century during the Austrian rule of Milan; at the time, in fact, there was the common habit of attaching satirical political messages to the statue, much like what happened in Rome with Pasquino and other ‘talking statues’. In particular, the so-called tobacco riots that started the Five Days of Milan (whereby the Milanese quit smoking to cause an economical damage to the Austrians) was possibly initiated on 31 December 1848 by a message attached to Scior Carera.” (Scior Carera, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Slovak Radio Building

Slovak Radio Building, Mýtna ulica, Bratislava
Slovak Radio Building, 1983
Mýtna ulica
Bratislava, September 2017

“It is shaped like an inverted pyramid. Architects of this project were Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič and Barnabáš Kissling and it was completed in 1983. The project began in 1967. The building is 80 metres high and has a concert hall with a large concert organ. The first test broadcast was made in 1984 and regular broadcasting began on 27 March 1985. The building was included in a list of the 30 ugliest buildings in the world, but has been defended by Slovak architects.” (Slovak Radio Building, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Detail of Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross)
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, May 2017

“The Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its most notable features are its sixteen chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils, and its tombs and cenotaphs. Legend says that Santa Croce was founded by St Francis himself. The construction of the current church, to replace an older building, was begun on 12 May 1294, possibly by Arnolfo di Cambio, and paid for by some of the city's wealthiest families. It was consecrated in 1442 by Pope Eugene IV. The building's design reflects the austere approach of the Franciscans. The floorplan is an Egyptian or Tau cross (a symbol of St Francis), 115 metres in length with a nave and two aisles separated by lines of octagonal columns. To the south of the church was a convent, some of whose buildings remain.” (Santa Croce, Wikipedia)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pink Rabbit

Giant 3D version of Durer's “Feldhase” (Young Hare) by Ottmar Hörl, Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Opernring / Operngasse, Vienna
Giant 3D version of Durer's “Feldhase” (Young Hare) by Ottmar Hörl
Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera)
Opernring / Operngasse
Vienna, September 2017

“The German artist, Albrecht Dürer, who hailed from Nuremberg, painted his now famous ‘Young Hare’ in 1502; it is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art and is housed in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. The pink sculpture is a giant interpretation of that famous painting. It was created by Ottmar Hörl, the president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg since 2005. In 2003, he created a large scale art installation of numerous hares in four shades of green, which were displayed in Nuremberg market square under the title ‘A large piece of hare’.” (Pink Rabbit!, Travel with Intent)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Il Navigatore

Il Navigatore (The Navigator) by Antonio Maria Morera, Viale delle Brigate Partigiane, Genoa
“Il Navigatore” (The Navigator) by Antonio Maria Morera, 1938
Viale delle Brigate Partigiane
Genoa, April 2016

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Géza Hofi

Géza Hofi by Stremeny Géza, Mikroszkóp Theatre, Nagymező utca, Budapest
Géza Hofi by Stremeny Géza, 2004
Mikroszkóp Theatre, Nagymező utca
Budapest, September 2017

“Géza Hofi (born Géza Hoffmann, July 2, 1936 in Budapest; died April 10, 2002 in Budapest) was a Hungarian actor and comedian. He is probably the most popular Hungarian parodist and had strong influence on Hungarian cabaret.” (Géza Hofi, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Via Santa Verdiana

Decorated rolling shutters, Via Santa Verdiana, Florence
Decorated rolling shutters
Via Santa Verdiana
Florence, April 2015

Thursday, September 28, 2017

St Waltrude

Collegiate Church of St Waltrude
Rue du Chapitre
Mons (Bergen), March 1994

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cloister of Santo Stefano

Cloister of the Basilica of Santo Stefano, Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna
Cloister of the Basilica of Santo Stefano
Piazza Santo Stefano
Bologna, June 2015

“The focus of scholarly discussion has been for many years the supposed similarity between the so-called ‘New Jerusalem’ rebuilt here, according to a vita written in 1180, by Saint Petronius in the 5th century, and the largely lost 4th-century complex erected by Constantine the Great at the purported site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Unfortunately the archaeological evidence from Bologna dates primarily to the 11th and 12th centuries, leaving the question about an earlier date still unanswered (at least until 1981). On the other hand, archaeology has meanwhile delivered many answers regarding the Constantinian church complex from Jerusalem, therefore the main interest presented by the 12th-century parts of the Church of Santo Stefano might much rather be their similarity to the almost contemporary Crusader Church of the Holy Sepulchre from Jerusalem, of which not all parts are preserved.” (Basilica of Santo Stefano, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

South Dock Cormorant

Cormorant on a buoy, South Dock, Canary Wharf, London
Cormorant on a buoy
South Dock, Canary Wharf
London, September 2016

Monday, September 25, 2017

David and Allegories

Copy of the David by Michelangelo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
Copy of the David by Michelangelo, 1504 (1873)
With sculptural figures of the four times of day
Piazzale Michelangelo
Florence, May 2017

“The square, dedicated to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has bronze copies of some of his marble works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. The monument was brought up by nine pairs of oxen on 25 June 1873.” (Piazzale Michelangelo, Wikipedia)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

La sardana

La sardana by Josep Cañas i Cañas, Carretera de Montjuïc, Montjuïc, Barcelona
“La sardana” by Josep Cañas i Cañas, 1965
Carretera de Montjuïc, Montjuïc
Barcelona, March 2017

“The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalan culture. The dance was originally from the Empordà region, but started gaining popularity throughout Catalonia during the 20th century. There are two main types, the original sardana curta (short sardana) style and the more modern sardana llarga (long sardana), which is more popular. Other more unusual sardanes are the sardana de lluïment and the sardana revessa.” (Sardana, Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Campiello dei Miracoli, Cannaregio, Venice
Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Campiello dei Miracoli, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a church in the sestiere of Cannaregio, in Venice, Italy. Also known as the ‘marble church’, it is one of the best examples of the early Venetian Renaissance including colored marble, a false colonnade on the exterior walls (pilasters), and a semicircular pediment. The organisation ‘Save Venice’ restored the church over a period of ten years, from 1987 to 1997 (they had estimated as period of two years). The marble cladding contained 14 percent of salts, and was on the point of bursting. All marble cladding was removed, and cleaned in stainless steel tanks, in a solution of distilled water. The restoration was calculated to cost 1 million dollars, the final cost was 4 million dollars. The main altar is reached by a series of steps. The circular facade windows recall Donato Bramante's churches in Milan.” (Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Broadgate Circle

Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square
Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“As a highly regarded urban space, the recent alterations to the Circle have been proposed with a clear and concise rationale. The changes have dramatically enhanced the amenity and civic provision, whilst celebrating the original qualities of the Circle. The Circle is one of the best examples of the travertine use in the UK. The architectural detail and workmanship of the stone with interfacing materials is exemplary. Bronze anodised aluminium and Siberian larch have been used to complement the travertine, and this simple and elegant materials palette enhances the elegance of the Circle’s form and geometry. Nestled within the 54 travertine columns is the reconstructed first floor restaurant, which is completely open beneath. It is now a wider, triple aspect unit with commanding views over the Circle. The first floor cantilevers forwards and backwards from the columns, benefitting from a refined structural strategy which transfers the additional loads back to the original.” (Broadgate Circle, Arup Associates)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two Men in a Boat

Two men in a boat, Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, Florence
Two men in a boat
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli
Florence, April 2015

“You will then get on board the barchetto, one of the only 4 original traditional wooden boats left in Florence, conducted by a ‘barcaiolo’, a true Florentine tradition holder that will guide you with his long-reaching sweeping-oar. No noisy engines, only the charm of tradition and the voice of your expert guide to unveil the secrets of the Arno river as you stroll on its calm waters and discover its history and the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed.” (Florence Boat Tour, City Discovery)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Neue Synagoge

Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue), Oranienburger Straße, Berlin
Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue), 1866
Oranienburger Straße
Berlin, September 2011

“The front of the building, facing Oranienburger Straße, is richly ornamented with shaped bricks and terracotta, accented by coloured glazed bricks. Beyond the entrance, the building's alignment changes to mesh with pre-existing structures. The synagogue's main dome with its gilded ribs is an eye-catching sight. The central dome is flanked by two smaller pavilion-like domes on the two side-wings. Beyond the façade was the front hall and the main hall with 3,000 seats. Due to the unfavourable alignment of the property, the building's design required adjustment along a slightly turned axis. The Neue Synagoge is also a monument of early iron construction. The new building material (iron was previously not used in building construction) was visible in its use for the outside columns, as well as in the dome's construction. (Iron was also a core component for the now-lost floor structure of the main hall.)” (New Synagogue, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Aquila

Aquila (Eagle) fountain by Bruno Buracchini, Piazza Postierla, Siena
Aquila (Eagle) fountain by Bruno Buracchini, 1963
Piazza Postierla
Siena, April 2017

“The fountain of Aquila (eagle) contrada features Bruno Buraccini’s bronze sculpture of an eagle with wings partially extended and was inaugurated in 1965. It is located in a corner known as Quattro Cantoni where Via di Citta becomes Via di Stalloreggi, about 200 meters south of the Campo in Terzo di Città. Aquila’s saint day is the feast of the Nativity of Mary, celebrated on September 8.” (Siena's Contrada Fountains, La Bella Vita in Italia)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Wind Sculpture

“Wind Sculpture” by Yinka Shonibare, 2014
Howick Place
London, September 2016

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lamp Post

Cast iron lamp post, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Cast iron lamp post
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, April 2015

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Palau Güell

Detail of a chimney, Palau Güell by Antoni Gaudí, Carrer Nou de la Rambla, El Raval, Barcelona
Detail of a chimney, Palau Güell by Antoni Gaudí, 1888
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, El Raval
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is a mansion designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell and built between 1886 and 1888. It is situated on the Carrer Nou de la Rambla, in the El Raval neighbourhood of the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Works of Antoni Gaudí’. The home is centered around the main room for entertaining high society guests. Guests entered the home in horse-drawn carriages through the front iron gates, which featured a parabolic arch and intricate patterns of forged ironwork resembling seaweed and in some parts a horsewhip. Animals could be taken down a ramp and kept in the livery stable in the basement where the servants resided, while the guests went up the stairs to the receiving room. The ornate walls and ceilings of the receiving room disguised small viewing windows high on the walls where the owners of the home could view their guests from the upper floor and get a "sneak peek" before greeting them, in case they needed to adjust their attire accordingly. The main party room has a high ceiling with small holes near the top where lanterns were hung at night from the outside to give the appearance of a starlit sky.” (Palau Güell, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) or National Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts), Via delle Belle Arti, Rome
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) or National Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) by Cesare Bazzani, 1915
Via delle Belle Arti
Rome, April 2013

“The current building, the Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) at Via delle Belle Arti, 113 (near the Etruscan Museum) was designed by prominent Italian architect Cesare Bazzani. It was completed between 1911 and 1915. The facade features exterior architectural friezes by sculptors Ermenegildo Luppi, Adolfo Laurenti, and Giovanni Prini, with four figures of Fame holding bronze wreaths, sculpted by Adolfo Pantaresi and Albino Candoni. The museum was expanded by Bazzani in 1934, and again in 2000 by architects Diener & Diener.” (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Wikipedia)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

St Bride's Church

The spire of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, City of London, London
The spire of St Bride's Church
Fleet Street, City of London
London, September 2016

“St Bride's Church is a church in the City of London, England. The building's most recent incarnation was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672 in Fleet Street in the City of London, though Wren's original building was largely gutted by fire during the London Blitz in 1940. Due to its location in Fleet Street, it has a long association with journalists and newspapers. The church is a distinctive sight on London's skyline and is clearly visible from a number of locations. Standing 226 feet (69m) high, it is the second tallest of all Wren's churches, with only St Paul's itself having a higher pinnacle.” (St Bride's Church, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cosimo I

Equestrian monument of Cosimo I de' Medici by Giambologna, piazza della Signoria, Florence

“This statue follows the Classical Roman tradition of Equestrian statues as the monument to a ruler's power, evident from the Statue of Marcus Aurelius in ancient Rome and the Regisole in Ferrara, and continued in the Renaissance by examples such as Donatello's Statue of Gattamelata (1453) in Padua and Verrocchio's Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni (1488) in Venice. This monument was commissioned by Cosimo's son Ferdinando I from the sculptor Giambologna, who also completed the Rape of the Sabines in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi. The Cosimo statue stands in front of the north corner of the Palazzo della Signoria, the northernmost of the row of statues, adjacent to the Fountain of Neptune (1563) by Ammannati, that had been commissioned by Cosimo himself. Together this duo celebrates the land and sea ambitions of Cosimo. The base of the statue has reliefs with scenes from the life of Cosimo, including his coronation in Rome as Grand-Duke in 1570 and his entrance into Siena as a ruler (1557) after his victory over that republic. The posture of the trotting horse in this statue is similar to those of prior statues, with right leg raised, however unlike Marcus Aurelius, Cosimo uses stirrups and his horse shows the restraint of the bridle, albeit without much tension. Cosimo, like Gattemalata, holds a military baton, armor, and sheathed sword.” (Equestrian Monument of Cosimo I, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Children's Sculpture Garden

Children's Sculpture Garden, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City
Children's Sculpture Garden
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
New York, September 2008

“The Children's Sculpture Garden is located next to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in the Morningside Heights of Manhattan. Within the garden are "Animals of Freedom" sculptures created by artists from kindergarten through high school that were selected in a public competition in 1985. The sculptures are placed around the ring of freedom. The centerpiece of the Children's Sculpture Garden is the "Fountain of Peace" sculpture by Greg Wyatt, sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral.” (Children's Sculpture Garden and the Fountain of Peace, NYC ♥ NYC)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Garibaldi in Milan

Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi by Ettore Ximenes, Largo Cairoli, Milano
Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi by Ettore Ximenes, 1895
Largo Cairoli
Milano, November 2016

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Der Trommler

Der Trommler (The Drummer) by Michael Sandle, Rotunda, Tate Britain, Millbank, London
“Der Trommler” (The Drummer) by Michael Sandle, 1985
Rotunda, Tate Britain, Millbank
London, September 2016

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Antica Macelleria

Antica Macelleria di Alfredo Nencioni (Alfredo Nencioni Old Butcher's), now a bookshop in Via Ghibellina, Florence
“Antica Macelleria di Alfredo Nencioni”
(Alfredo Nencioni Old Butcher's)
Now a bookshop, Via Ghibellina
Florence, April 2015

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tibidabo

Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus), Tibidabo Amusement Park, Tibidabo, Collserola Ridge, Barcelona
Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor
(Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo, Collserola Ridge
Barcelona, March 2017

“Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At 512 metres (1,680 ft), it is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Rising sharply to the north-west, it affords spectacular views over the city and the surrounding coastline. The summit of the mountain is occupied by the Sagrat Cor church and adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park. The Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower is a short walk away. All three are prominently visible from most of the city of Barcelona. Designed by Enric Sagnier, the church took 60 years to construct and is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Josep Miret Llopart. Tibidabo can be reached via the Tibidabo Funicular, which was the first of its kind in Spain, and by the Tramvia Blau or road. The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona minibus service 111 connects it to Vallvidrera village and the upper station of the Vallvidrera funicular.” (Tibidabo, Wikipedia)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Truogoli di Santa Brigida

Truogoli di Santa Brigida (Santa Brigida washing places), Piazza dei Truogoli di Santa Brigida, Genoa
Truogoli di Santa Brigida (Santa Brigida washing places)
Piazza dei Truogoli di Santa Brigida
Genoa, April 2016

“Piazza dei Truogoli of Santa Brigida is the place of the ancient wash houses: from Via Balbi it descends towards Via Pré and is surrounded by renovated and coloured old houses, with a sacred aedicule on a wall. At the centre of the square there is iron roofing covering the ‘truogoli’, the washhouses, where until a few decades ago, women in the neighbourhood used to meet to wash clothes and socialize. The old Genoese people said that in Santa Brigida ‘the water was wasted’ because the fountain of the washhouse was always open. The square and the ‘truogoli’ are named after the convent of Santa Brigida, now disappeared, which was situated on the uphill side of the square. Nowadays this is one of the most beautiful squares of the old town centre, it's charming when it's empty and quiet and it’s lively when there are many people visiting its restaurants, bookshops and shops.” (I Truogoli di Santa Brigida, Comune di Genova)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

One Pancras Square

One Pancras Square by David Chipperfield, Pancras Square, King's Cross, London
One Pancras Square by David Chipperfield, 2013
Pancras Square, King's Cross
London, September 2016

“So elemental is the expression of the little office block that David Chipperfield Architects has completed at King’s Cross that its configuration can be described, pretty comprehensively, in a couple of sentences. Nine slabs of the same rectangular plan span between a core and a peristyle of evenly distributed columns. Glazing is recessed from the column line at ground level – forming a continuous colonnade – and across the entirety of the major south-facing elevation – forming balconies – but elsewhere structure and glass align. Judged as diagram, the design of One Pancras Square could scarcely be more economical and yet, for all its cultivated simplicity, the reality proves surprisingly ambiguous in tectonic effect and rich in historic association. Fundamental to that complexity is the energy that the architect has invested in the design of the columns.” (One Pancras Square, The Architect's Journal)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

BNCF Rotunda

Detail of the Rotunda seen from Via Antonio Magliabechi, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, BNCF (National Central Library of Florence), Florence
Detail of the Rotunda seen from Via Antonio Magliabechi
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF)
(National Central Library of Florence)
Florence, May 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin

Facade of the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin by Oscar de la Chardonnière and Jacques-Hyacinthe Chevalier, Boulevard Saint-Martin, Paris
Facade of the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin by Oscar de la Chardonnière (architect)
and Jacques-Hyacinthe Chevalier (sculptor), 1873
Boulevard Saint-Martin
Quartier de la Porte-Saint-Martin, 10th arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

“The Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin is a venerable theatre and opera house at 18, Boulevard Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. It was first built very rapidly in 1781 under the direction of Nicolas Lenoir (fr) (1726–1810) to house the Paris Opéra, whose previous home, the second Salle du Palais-Royal, had burned down on 8 June 1781. The new theatre had a capacity of about 2,000 spectators and included a parterre with the lowest-priced tickets sold only to males who stood throughout the performances, an amphitheatre, and four rows of boxes. The Opéra used the theatre from 27 October 1781 until August 1794. The theatre was destroyed by fire during the Paris Commune of 1871 and replaced in 1873 with a building designed by the architect Oscar de la Chardonnière (d. 1881), who enlisted the aid of the sculptor Jacques-Hyacinthe Chevalier (1825–1895) in the design of the new facade. The new interior was designed by H. Chevalier. With relatively brief interruptions, the theatre has been in continuous operation since.” (Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Wikipedia)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Neptune

Statue of Neptune by Giambologna, Fountain of Neptune, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna
Statue of Neptune by Giambologna, 1567
Fountain of Neptune, Piazza del Nettuno
Bologna, June 2015

“The Fountain of Neptune (Italian: Fontana di Nettuno) is a monumental civic fountain located in the eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, Italy. Its bronze figure of Neptune, extending his reach in a lordly gesture of stilling and controlling the waters, is an early work by Giambologna, completed about 1567. An innovation of Giambologna's fountain designs is the fantastic and non-geometrical forms he gave to the basins into which water splashed and flowed, ‘curiously folded, bulging and elastic in form’, as Rosalind Grippi remarked. The fountain is a model example of Mannerist taste of the courtly elite in the mid-sixteenth century: construction of the statue was commissioned by the Cardinal Legate of the city, Charles Borromeo, to symbolize the fortunate recent election of Borromeo's uncle as Pope Pius IV. The work was designed by the Palermitan architect Tommaso Laureti in 1563, with an over-lifesize bronze of the god Neptune on the top, executed by Giambologna, who had submitted a model for the fountain of Neptune in Florence, but had lost the commission to Baccio Bandinelli. Before the fountain was built, an entire edifice was demolished to make space for it. The fountain was completed in 1565, and the Neptune was fixed in place within a couple of years.” (Fountain of Neptune, Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Big 4

Big 4 by Freestate & Atelier One, Channel Four Television Corporation, Horseferry Road, London
Big 4” by Freestate & Atelier One, 2007
Channel Four Television Corporation
Horseferry Road
London, September 2016

“The design and construction of the Big 4 was a collaboration between Mike Smith Studio, Freestate and Atelier One, and was designed to show Channel 4's logo when the statue is correctly aligned. The statue itself is made out of steel bars, and the structure was Fabricated by Mike Smith Studio. The intention was to allow other artists to use the framework of the statue for art installations. The statue is located outside the headquarters of Channel Four Television Corporation on Horseferry Road, London. It was unveiled on 16 October 2007 by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Channel 4 and to coincide with the television series The Big Art Project.” (Big 4, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dante

Detail of Dante Alighieri by Enrico Pazzi, Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence
Detail of Dante Alighieri by Enrico Pazzi, 1865
Piazza di Santa Croce
Florence, May 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Knights of Pythias

The Pythian Temple, West 70th Street, New York City
If fraternal love held all men bound, how beautiful
this world would be” (Justus H. Rathbone)
The Pythian Temple
West 70th Street
New York, September 2008

“The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and secret society founded in Washington, D.C., on 19 February 1864. Knights of Pythias in a parade in Racine, Wisconsin, circa 1910
The Knights of Pythias was the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress. It was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, who had been inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias. This legend illustrates the ideals of loyalty, honor, and friendship that are the center of the order. The order has over 2,000 lodges in the United States and around the world, with a total membership of over 50,000 in 2003. Some lodges meet in structures referred to as Pythian Castles.” (Knights of Pythias, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Façade of the Madonna dell'Orto

Façade of the church of the Madonna dell'Orto, Campo della Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio, Venice
Façade of the church of the Madonna dell'Orto
Campo della Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“The façade, built in 1460–1464, has sloping sides and is in brickwork, divided in three parts by two pilasters strips. The two side sections have quadruple mullioned windows, while the central has a large rose window. The portal is surmounted by a pointed arch with white stone decorations portraying, on the summit, St. Christopher, the Madonna and the Archangel Gabriel by Nicolò di Giovanni Fiorentino and Antonio Rizzo. Under is a tympanum, in porphyry, supported by circular pilaster strips. The whole is included into a porch with Corinthian columns. The upper central section is decorated by small arches and bas-reliefs with geometrical motifs. The upper sides have instead twelve niches each, containing statues of the Apostles. Five other Gothic niches are in the central section, with 18th-century statues representing Prudence, Charity, Faith, Hope and Temperance, taken from the demolished church of Santo Stefano.” (Madonna dell'Orto, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yellow Vests

Around the London Fashion Week 2016, Brewer Street, Soho, London
Yellow vests at the London Fashion Week 2016
Brewer Street, Soho
London, September 2016