Posts Tagged ‘the big picture’

La Figura Serpentina

November 27th, 2010

Below are photographs of aspects of the impressive sculpture which dates from 1582 and known as the “Rape of the Sabine Women”. It was sculpted by the Flemish artist Jean de Boulogne, better known by his Italianized name Giambologna.

This sculpture can be found in Florence, Italy, where, since 1583AD it has been sitting in the Loggia dei Lanzi. The Loggia sits on a corner of the Piazza della Signoria and by the Palazzo Vecchio.

For this work, Giambologna’s masterpiece, he wanted to create a composition in the form of a serpentine spiral – making it the first sculpture in European history which could be viewed from all sides with no dominant viewpoint (by comparison, take Michelangelo’s David, which dates from some 80 years earlier). This stunning piece also has another distinction: it was made from one imperfect block of white marble which is the largest block ever transported to Florence.

Later, when the Medicis decided it should be exhibited in the Loggia, it was given the name the Rape of the Sabine Women after the mythical story of the founding years of Rome, where Roman men abducted women of the Sabine peoples to take as wives. Here the English word “rape” is a translation of the Latin word “raptio”, which in this context means abduction rather than its modern meaning. For more info on that section of the legendary history of Rome which gave its name to the sculpture, click here.

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The Ladies & the Gelato

November 23rd, 2010

I’ve been a little busy of late, and not had much time to prepare any posts. Am working towards fixing that, so please bear with me!

I made this shot in Florence, Italy, just before I headed up the hill to the Piazzale Michelangelo. These three German ladies were sitting outside a tiny gelateria, enjoying the sun and the first-class Italian gelato. I love the texture of the wall behind them.

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Graffiti Town – Part V

November 12th, 2010

This is the final (and long overdue) part in the five-part series on graffiti, wall art and tagging in Brussels, Belgium, and Barcelona, Spain. You can check out parts 1 through 4 here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Barcelona is so graffiti-mad that you can even find cool post cards of the wall art all over town.

Seen from Park Guell looking out over Barcelona.

I’d love to know how they got all the way up the wall…

Voom-voom!

On a different note, some very different and amazing stuff lined up:

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The Morning After the Storm

October 31st, 2010

I took these pictures one fine morning in Antibes, France, in April of this year.

The above shot is a mini-panorama , combined from 3 images. That means that the two birds in the centre of the shot are actually the same bird, just shot moments apart.

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Also, click here for some excellent shots from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, brought to you by Lens, the photography blog of The New York Times.

Click here for some cool shots from Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide, brought to you by The Boston Globe‘s The Big Picture. Speaking of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – if you’ve been wondering about all the Facebook status updates by the females of the species and being the suggestive “I like it on the floor” or similar, prepare to be enlightened: click here and here.

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The Wreck

October 20th, 2010

On my last trip to Khasab, in Oman’s Mussandam peninsula, I came across this abandoned dhow.

I had to stop the car to snap a few pictures. This is one of them.

On a completely different note, for a totally different experience – namely an awesome selection and range of pictures of animals, click here.

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