A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Niccolò dell’Arca is the perfect example of the joys of trying to nail down even the most basic of details of early Renaissance artists. As in, no joy, because no one can decide on anything, from where he’s from to where he worked to when he completed certain works. Is he from Apuglia or Bari? Did he spend time in Dalmatia or were some of … Continue reading A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Giants Guarding the Door

Beware all ye who enter the Palazzo dei Bargellini. Two giants stand before you, guarding the entrance. Well, really they’re not so much guarding as having a bit of a pose-off. But they are huge! Obviously, these two figures stand out and when I saw a photo of them earlier this year, I knew I had to see them for myself. However, they became yet … Continue reading Giants Guarding the Door

An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

Charlie and I went on another nearly three-hour walk this morning. We started off with a stop at Piazza di Nettuno, where someone was encouraging him to jump over a chain barrier. I had to explain that Charlie speaks Dutch and then gave him the command, at which point he did jump. Brave hondje! Then there was a leisurely walk to Piazza Minghetti where a … Continue reading An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

Piazza Santo Stefano

One of the well-known spots in Bologna is Piazza Santo Stefano. Locals and tourists alike can’t help but love this triangular square. Yes, a triangular square. It starts off narrow and then broadens as you approach the Basilico di Santo Stefano. The church itself is actually made up of seven churches and some of the original construction dates back to the fifth century. I’ll go … Continue reading Piazza Santo Stefano