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

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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

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The Monumental Scale of Palazzo Strozzi

I’ve lived in New York City, surrounded by skyscrapers. The scale of the buildings is truly impressive as you see them towering overhead, forming narrow canyons as you walk among them. But in many other parts of the US, it’s the outward scale of the size of cities, rather than the upward scale of tall structures, that really stands out. In Europe, the historic city … Continue reading The Monumental Scale of Palazzo Strozzi

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The Lettered and Learned Palazzo Bocchi

At university, while studying Renaissance architecture, I wrote a paper on the origins, styles, and uses of rustication. Rustication is essentially the rows of tooled, raised stone often found at least on the ground level of buildings and sometimes around doorways and windows and the corners of buildings. It’s been around since classical times and showed up frequently in Renaissance architecture, unsurprisingly. After the blood, … Continue reading The Lettered and Learned Palazzo Bocchi

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Revisiting an Old Friend in Florence 

A trip to the US Consulate tomorrow is the perfect excuse to go see an old friend: the Palazzo Strozzi. I haven’t seen her since the late ’90s, and back then she wasn’t big on visitors going inside. But now she’s quite open and even hosting an exhibit of some of the art of the Cinquecento, which is an added bonus. On my last visit … Continue reading Revisiting an Old Friend in Florence