Wednesday, August 31, 2016

King Philip IV of Spain

King Philip IV of Spain by Gian Lorenzo Berniniand and Girolamo Lucenti, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

“In front of the entrance to the basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, at the right side of Ferdinando Fuga's portico, stands an over-life-sized bronze statue of Philip IV of Spain. El Rey Planeta, the Planet King, appears as a powerful military leader, dressed in antique cuirass, military cloak and boots, holding a scepter in his outstretched right hand and resting his left hand on the hilt of his sword. He stands in an exaggerated contrapposto and turns his head to his right, directing his gaze beyond the raised scepter as if he were about to utter a command. Philip is represented as a heroic figure, a warrior-king and guardian of the Church. From its conspicuous location in the basilica, even the casual observer can infer that this imposing statue occupies an important place in the public image of S. Maria Maggiore.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Coast Guard

An USCG Defender Class Boat on patrol, Hudson River, New York
An USCG Defender Class Boat on patrol
Hudson River
New York, September 2007

“Originally developed as a replacement for 300 shore based non-standard boats, the RB-S became the platform to increase the long term HLS capability at shore stations in the wake of September 11, 2001. The RB-S is very similar to the rapidly procured RB-HS boat, but with dozens of improvements to include a reinforced bow, full shock mitigating seating, larger cabin and LED navigation lights. Over 540 RB-S were produced between 2002 and 2009, and they are assigned all over the Coast Guard at sectors, stations, MSRT/MSSTs, MSUs, training centers, and some AUXFACs. As some RB-S near the end of their 10-year service life, they will be replaced with the RB-S II starting in 2012.” (25-Foot Defender Class Boat, United States Coast Guard)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Assumption of Mary

Assunzione di Maria, Assumption of Mary by Domenico Parodi, church of Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa,
Assunzione di Maria (Assumption of Mary) by Domenico Parodi
Santa Maria di Castello, salita di Santa Maria di Castello
Genoa, April 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016


The empty tomb of Rossini, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Parigi
The now empty tomb of Gioacchino Rossini
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, (Père Lachaise Cemetery)
Quartier du Père-Lachaise, 20e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“He died at the age of 76 from pneumonia at his country house at Passy on Friday, 13 November 1868. He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. In 1887, his remains were moved to the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence, at the request of the Italian government.”
(Gioacchino Rossini, Wikipedia)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday & Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe and Friday on a 19th century French clock, Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Friday and Robinson Crusoe on a 19th century French clock
Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti
Florence, May 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Empty Lot

Empty Lot by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Assembling “Empty Lot” by Abraham Cruzvillegas, 2015
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
Bankside, Southwark
London, September 2015

“In 2015, Cruzvillegas accepted the Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission; his work, 'Empty Lot' is on display between 13th October 2015 and 3rd April 2016.[14] The work consists of 240 wooden triangular plots bordered with wooden frames, filled with 23 tonnes of soil collected from different parks and gardens across London (including Hackney Marshes, Peckham Rye, the Horniman Museum and Buckingham Palace). The entire work is raised on two large stepped, triangular scaffolded platforms, overlooked by growing light, and interspersed with smaller sculptural works.” (Abraham Cruzvillegas, Wikipedia)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bowl of Hygieia

Via Cesare Battisti, Via Porta Nova, Bologna
Old public lamp with the Bowl of Hygieia outside a pharmacy
On the corner of Via Cesare Battisti with Via Porta Nova
Bologna, June 2015

“Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of hygiene, and the daughter of Asclepius. Asclepius' symbol is his rod, with a snake twined around it; correspondingly, Hygieia's symbol is a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem and poised above it.” (Bowl of Hygieia, Wikipedia)