Posted on May 11, 2013
Posted on March 22, 2013
Since CBBH challenge stipulates that we should provide links to two bloggers we have recently commented on I would like to single out Mekala of bitsandpiecesonphoto.com and Tom of thepalladiantraveler.com, two bloggers that love Italy as much as I do.
To see more entries to Marianne’s challenge, click here.
Posted on February 17, 2013
Check out the other entries for Jake’s challenge here.
Posted on January 5, 2013
Thank you Jake for making us think of our goals or in my case dreams ;). I’ve just realised this is my 100th post 🙂 I hope it is milestone-worthy.
Posted on December 9, 2012
For the latest Jake’s challenge I decided to post a photo of what was Michelangelo’s concept for a piazza in Rome.
It is better that you read a Wikipedia article to get a clearer idea about what you are going to see.
The existing design of the Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palazzi was created by Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536–1546. At the height of his fame, he was commissioned by the Farnese Pope Paul III, who wanted a symbol of the new Rome to impress Charles V, who was expected in 1538. This offered him the opportunity to build a monumental civic plaza for a major city as well as to reestablish the grandeur of Rome. Michelangelo’s first designs for the piazza and remodeling of the surrounding palazzi date from 1536. His plan was formidably extensive. He accentuated the reversal of the classical orientation of the Capitoline, in a symbolic gesture turning Rome’s civic center to face away from the Roman Forum and instead in the direction of Papal Rome and the Christian church in the form of St. Peter’s Basilica. This full half circle turn can also be seen as Michelangelo’s desire to address the new, developing section of the city rather than the ancient ruins of the past. An equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius was to stand in the middle of the piazza set in a paved oval field. Michelangelo was required to provide a setting for the statue and to bring order to an irregular hilltop already encumbered by two crumbling medieval buildings set at an acute angle to one another. The Palazzo del Senatore was to be restored with a double outer stairway, and the campanile moved to the center axis of the palace. The Palazzo dei Conservatori was also to be restored, and a new building, the so-called Palazzo Nuovo, built at the same angle on the north side of the piazza to offset the Conservatori, creating a trapezoidal piazza. A wall and balustrade were to be built at the front of the square, giving it a firm delineation on the side facing the city. Finally, a flight of steps was to lead up to the enclosed piazza from below, further accentuating the central axis.
The sequence, Cordonata piazza and the central palazzo are the first urban introduction of the “cult of the axis” that was to occupy Italian garden plans and reach fruition in France.
Executing the design was slow: Little was actually completed in Michelangelo’s lifetime (the ‘’Cordonata’’ was not in place when Emperor Charles arrived, and the imperial party had to scramble up the slope from the Forum to view the works in progress), but work continued faithfully to his designs and the Campidoglio was completed in the 17th century, except for the paving design, which was to be finished three centuries later. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitoline_Hill
For this challenge I went with three different concepts I have of the piazza. The more natural one, the funky one, and the one I like best as it is closest to how I had pictured it.
I wonder which one of my photos Michelangelo would hate least 😉
Listen to some music while you are here …
Posted on November 26, 2012
Posted on November 2, 2012
Almost 2,000 years ago the ancient seaside city of Pompeii, nestled at the bottom of the deadly Vesuvius got buried beneath a mountain of volcanic ash following a fierce volcano eruption. Nearly three thousand people lost their lives, and the city remained hidden for 1,700 years.
Today one of the largest and best preserved archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii will take you back into the past showing you the remnants of Roman civilization by providing a fascinating picture of “daily” life.
The following photo shows Palestra Grande, an athletics field where gladiators and athletes practiced before competing in the adjacent amphitheatre.
I think you will see why I picked this precise shot for geometry theme. The geometry of columns and trees in the frame is what had caught my eye.
As usual I am enclosing a musical treat: Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie ……
***Gymnopédie is the French form of “gymnopaidiai”, an annual festival in Ancient Sparta where naked youths (athletes in Ancient Greece were always naked) performed athletic dances.
Posted on November 1, 2012
This is my response to CBBH challenge. While we are in Italy, let me introduce you to two outstanding Italian photographers I have discovered on WP: Alessandro Ciapanna and Andrea Danani. Wishing you all more sunny days.
Posted on October 9, 2012
Posted on August 22, 2012
Posted on July 28, 2012
Being the combination of the warmest and coolest colours in the spectrum, purple is believed to be the ideal colour. The colour of balance, meditation, of spiritual fulfillment – between mind and heart …
Listen to this track by Enigma Enigma_-_11_-_Between_Mind_And_Heart[mp3lemon.net]
Are the following purple enough for you? 😉
I give you a purple haze
And a purple heart