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New Design: Clock Face, Musee d’Orsey, Paris (2000) Aprons, Pillow, and More from Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]

October 19th, 2020 No comments

Home School: The white lie we’ve been told about Roman statues via Vox

April 13th, 2020 Comments off

When you think of the ancient world, you probably picture towering buildings of white marble, adorned with statues also made of white marble. You’re not alone — most people picture the same thing. But we’re all wrong.

Ancient buildings and sculptures were actually really colorful. The Greeks and Romans painted their statues to resemble real bodies, and often gilded them so they shone like gods. So why is seemingly every museum on planet earth full of white marble sculptures?

It’s partly an honest mistake. After the fall of Rome, ancient sculptures were buried or left out in the open air for hundreds of years. By the time the Renaissance began in the 1300s, their paint had faded away. As a result, the artists unearthing, and copying ancient art didn’t realize how colorful it was supposed to be.

But white marble couldn’t have become the norm without some willful ignorance. Even though there was a bunch of evidence that ancient sculpture was painted, artists, art historians and the general public chose to disregard it. Western culture seemed to collectively accept that white marble was simply prettier.

Today, art history is more concerned with accuracy than it is with what might look better. So teams of researchers use a combination of art and science to painstakingly create reconstructions of ancient statues, showing us the true colors of classical antiquity.

Porto Memories via Instagram

September 18th, 2019 Comments off

Porto Memories

Porto Memories via Instagram

A bus ticket from Porto. I tend to keep little trinkets like this when I travel as small reminders of each trip.

The bus system in Porto was quite extensive, on-time and even had WiFi onboard. This was important as I didn’t bother getting cell service since we were only there s few days.

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Along the Streets of Milan via My Instagram

July 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Along the Streets of Milan

Along the Streets of Milan via My Instagram

Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

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Along the Streets of Milan via My Instagram

June 21st, 2019 Comments off

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Along the Streets of Milan

Along the Streets of Milan via My Instagram

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Omenoni (Big Men), Milan via My Instagram

June 18th, 2019 Comments off

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Omenoni (Big Men), Milan

Omenoni (Big Men), Milan via My Instagram

Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. This home is quite near La Scala Opera House. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

Casa degli Omenoni is a historic palace of Milan, northern Italy, located in the eponymous street of Via degli Omenoni (number 3).[1] It was designed by sculptor Leone Leoni for himself; he both lived and worked there. It owes its name to the eight atlantes decorating its facade, termed “omenoni” (“big men” in Milanese), which were sculpted by Antonio Abondio,[1] most probably on a design by Leoni.[2] Lions (a reference to the “Leoni” family)[3] are a recurring theme of its decorations; in particular, a large relief placed under the cornice depicts two lions tearing a satyr into pieces. The overall style of the palace and the decorations have been noted to include several references to the art of Michelangelo.[4] The internal courtyard, modified in 1929 by Piero Portaluppi, has a colonnade with metopes and triglyphs. — Wikipedia

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Birthplace of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via My Instagram

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Birthplace of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia

Birthplace of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via My Instagram

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Birthplace and Statue of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via Instagram

June 13th, 2019 Comments off

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Birthplace and Statue of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia

Birthplace and Statue of poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. This home and sculpture is quite near La Scala Opera House. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

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Il Duomo In The Morning via Instagram

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

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Il Duomo In The Morning

Il Duomo In The Morning via Instagram

The Duomo in Milan and it’s piazza are the living room of old town Milan. 

We saw it in nearly every time of day. Walking by for lunch. Strolling in the evening during Passeggiata and in this case, in the morning as the sun rises over it’s at spires. 

It looks different throughout the day and nearly every photo is different because of the way light plays On its ornate facade. I often liken it To a grand wedding cake created out of stone instead of frosting.

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Join Me On My Travels With These Watercolor “Along the Canal…Nottingham” Cards, Postcards and Much More! via Instagram

November 1st, 2018 Comments off