For the Love of Rustication

Just a few words on this Wednesday … I need to save the rest for my paying job. My love of rustication is long standing and still intense and I get a bit of a thrill when I see some good stuff. As I probably mentioned before, I’ve been known to give it a bit of a fondle in passing. So when I saw this … Continue reading For the Love of Rustication

Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

I have what feels like a million photos of Santa Maria Novella and don’t know what to do with them all. We easily spent at least two hours wandering around inside and out while we were in Florence the other week. There are some photos that deserve their own post, others could be grouped, but I don’t want to overwhelm with too many pictures at … Continue reading Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

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Variations on Florentine Architecture

It’s Monday. Let’s ease into the week with a simple photo comparison of architecture in Florence. I snapped both of these not far from each other, yet they cover various ends of the spectrum. One is grand and well-maintained, with strong rustication and a harmony of pilasters and windows. The other is more rustic and time-worn, yet with an undeniable beauty. Both are evocative backdrops … Continue reading Variations on Florentine Architecture

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

Wordless Wednesday: Santa Maria Novella (Florence)

A slight cheat: The current church was begun in the early 1400s, but like many churches, it stands on the site of a previous church. The beautiful fa├žade of the building was completed by the great architect Leon Battista Alberti in 1470 (who also studied law at the university here in Bologna). Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Santa Maria Novella (Florence)