Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 27, 2016
The neighbourhood around the Rialto Market in San Polo, Venice, is a warren of tiny alleys. The arches overhead, with weeds growing out of the cracks, seem to serve no structural purpose. I was told that they signified ownership; if someone owned two adjacent buildings, an arch would be built between them to show that they had the same owner. You often see these arches at the entrance to a small square which, in Renaissance times, often belonged to an extended family. (That also explains the impressive churches found in tiny, out-of-the-way, courtyards.)
The bridge at the end of the Fondamenta Riva Olio (by the Grand Canal) ends at a wall that forms one end of the Pescheria (fish market). In this photo, you can see the arches of the fish market on the left.
If you walk in the colonnade behind the tourist shops of the Rialto Market (yes, the stores with the scarves, souvenir magnets, leather bags, and San Marco banners) and look up, you’ll see these old, unprotected frescos over walls covered with graffiti. The sheer volume of artwork in Venice is staggering. I took these photos in the morning, before the shops had opened, so it wasn’t too crowded.
Detail of fresco and groin-vaulting.
Posted in Italy, photography, uncategorized | Tagged: alleys, frescoes, Rialto market, San Polo, Venice | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 14, 2013
The Palazzo Comunale (“Municipal Palace”) is the town hall of San Gimignano and has been so since 1300. Photography is not permitted, so these photos were taken very quickly.
The photo above, in the “Dante Room” (Dante visited San Gimignano in 1300 as ambassador from the republic of Florence) is decorated with a painting by Lippo Memmi, the “Maesta” (“majesty,” a depiction of the Mary and Jesus enthroned, surrounded by the heavenly court and angels).
The Podestà apartments (Camera del Podestà) are decorated with frescoes by Memmo di Filippuccio, depicting married life.
I photographed the masonry under the stairs leading up to the Torre Grossa.
The entrance of the palazzo:
Looking down into the courtyard.
The courtyard frescoes depict the coats of arms of families who have held public office. The Palazzo is still a seat of government, but the current offices are on the same level as this courtyard. I wish I could have spent more time photographing this beautiful courtyard but we were in a rush.
Posted in Italy, photography | Tagged: frescoes, Italy, Palazzo Comunale, San Gimignano, Torre Grossa, Tuscany | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 23, 2013
The colorful Pinturicchio frescoes of the Piccolomini Library are stunning. The wall panels depict the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (1405-64), later Pope Pius II, and were commissioned by his nephew Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, in 1492. The ceiling panels depict mythological subjects.
The statue visible below is the Three Graces, a Roman copy of the Greek original:
Posted in Italy, photography | Tagged: architecture, art, frescoes, Italy, Piccolomini Library, Siena, Siena Cathedral | 3 Comments »
Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 5, 2012
Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its construction began in 1294 and it was consecrated in 1442. Like Westminster Abbey, it houses the tombs of the rich and famous. Incidentally, the prominent Star of David in the facade was the work of the 19th century Jewish architect, Niccolo Matas of Ancona. He is buried under the porch, outside the walls of the church. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the facade because bleachers had been erected in the large square in front of the church. Photograph is permitted in the church, without flash or tripod.
View of the nave, looking towards the main altar.
Nave, looking towards the door:
Machiavelli’s tomb, by Innocenzo Spinazzi:
Michelangelo’s tomb, by Giorgio Vasari:
Frescoes by Giotto:
Giotto altar (1327), commissioned for the Baroncelli family:
In 1966, the Arno River flooded the area, causing considerable damage to the church and its artwork.
Posted in Italy, photography | Tagged: architecture, art, Firenze, Florence, frescoes, Galileo, Italy, Macchiavelli, Michelangelo, Santa Croce | 3 Comments »