Vacanze Romane. A Roman holiday. An enchanting film by William Wyler, with the adorable Audrey Hepburn and charming Gregory Peck. Okay. Three adjectives in a single sentence is way too much, but so be it. This post is for our Italian friends who were the first to take the blow in the West. An Italian holiday…
The “Dome” in Milan. The most precious cathedral ever built perhaps. A most delicate work of lace and stone. Milan, 2014.
Fashion in Milano. These “élégantes” will go back to the streets. Milan. 2014.
Bologna, Piazza Miaggore. Same year. (All photos here from a trip we took to Italy in 2014) The unmistakable colours of Italy. The tiles of the roofs.
Pietá. Milan. The angels lowering Christ from the cross to rest on Mary’s lap. How a tragic scene can be turned in an eternal work of art. 15th or 16th century maybe?
At the top of the Duomo in Milan. Such attention to detail. The cathedral was built in 1386. About 40 years after Notre-Dame-de-Paris was finished. So totally different yet contemporary. The Black Plague arrived in Europe around 1346. Around the time both cathedrals were completed.
Milan, as so many cities in Europe, displays door knockers on any door that would make many museums happy elsewhere.
A young and lovely Nathalie Wood in the streets of Bologna… Anybody remember the movie with Jimmy Dean? 🙂
The cathedral of Florence… A masterpiece. Impossible to photograph, inserted as it is in narrow streets.
You can tie up your dragon here… Florence.
The birth of Venus at the Uffizi, Florence. Botticelli painted it around 1484. Five centuries ago. The model was Simonetta Vespucci, mistress of Giulano de Medici, younger brother of Lorenzo. Simonetta (a relation of Amerigo Vespucci?) had died at 23 of pneumonia in 1476. This and other paintings were done after her death. She was reputedly the most beautiful woman of her time.
Even under drizzling rain, can’t miss the colours of Milan.
There is a particular art of fountains in Italy. Milan. One could do a series of just fountains in Italy. And doors. And windows. I know a few door and window lovers. 😉
Speaking of fountains. This one is in Bologna. Sirens or naiads riding dolphins.
Back to Milan. Traveller number umpteen. (Not registered then). Not too sure what the scenes are meant to represent. Lots of bishops, possibly buying their representation for eternity.
Pax tibi Marce Evangelista Meus. In my rusty Latin, it would mean something like: “Peace to you, Mark, Evangelist mine.” The lion is Saint-Mark’s symbol. Bologna.
Dante’s statue at the Uffizi, Florence. The inner yard of the Uffizi is adorned with statues of Florence’s most prominent citizens. From Dante to Amerigo Vespucci to Boccacio and many others. Florence’s contribution to Western civilization goes way beyond the current small size of the city.
To walk the same streets Dante walked is probably the strongest experience of being in Florence. “Think! He walked here, more than 5 centuries ago.”
“I want to be free…” Queen sang ‘I want to break free’… Bologna. Thank you to Peter Grey who made see the error of my ways. I was thinking of the Who: “I’m free”. See the link below for Peter’s excellent photo blog:
The Venus of Urbino, Uffizi, Florence. Painted by Titian in 1534. Manet inspired himself of this painting many centuries later with his Olympia.
Another door knocker I wouldn’t mind having on my door. Florence. I think.
“I, Petro Sementio, citizen of Bologna, philosopher and Doctor…” Anno Domini 1610. yesterday.
Mercurio e Giunone. Mercury and Juno, by Donato Creti (1671-1749). Bologna. Wonder who the poor bugger was whose head Mercury brought to Juno?
Purgatory Alley, Florence. For fans of Dan Brown, Hell street is close by.
(Living) Statue, Florence.
A modern day Vinci. Florence. The Lady with an Ermine was painted by Vinci around 1490. The subject is Cecilia Gallerani, (another) mistress (of many) of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. Compare with Vinci’s portrait of Beatrice d’Este I recently posted. The original portrait of Lady Cecilia is now in Poland. At the Krakow Museum.
To be continued…
Thank you for traveling the streets of Italy on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. This post is dedicated to our Italian friends who took and are still taking a hard hit. With a special mention for my friend Giorgio from Lake Cuomo. We climbed Mont-Blanc together. I was concerned for him since he lives in the North of Italy. Well, he caught the virus, to the point of spending two weeks in the hospital. Any stay at the hospital with coronavirus is not too good. Yet. He has now been released home. Fortunately. Fingers crossed Giorgio for a full recovery. Many countries are now facing the virus head on. To all of you in lockdown: stay home, stay safe.