How I love the contrast of textures created by weathered marble, stone, terracotta and wood – often discovered in some insignificant and forgotten corner, unassumingly positioned near a humble entry, garage or tool shed. How many centuries of history have these materials witnessed and survived? Finding this enchanting / magical combination of so-called low-key beauty is surely one of my favorite things.
Similarly, I am also thrilled to find stone work of different periods next to a non-descript column, a rusted gate, or on a plain façade, works rich in iconography and symbolism…and again, witnesses to hundreds of years of history – still proudly and amazingly glorious in their fine workmanship.
tenderness of expression – Venetian Lagoon – island of Murano
year 900 – intriguingly mysterious -Longbard – Umbria
year 1000 – Venetian Lagoon – island of Murano
Whether Etruscan, Roman, Longbard, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque.. or from more modern periods, they have a magnetic appeal which absolutely fascinates me. To merely happen upon them, unexpectedly, to see these remarkable works in their original and humble contexts is an enormous thrill.
from the year 950 – Umbria (not far from Norcia)
from the 1100 – Bevagna
The gorgeous contrast of textures created by weathered marble, stone, terracotta and wood – most certainly a Few of My Favorite Things!