Vatican Sculpture

Vatican Sculpture I
Vatican Sculpture I

 

Here’s a couple of shots of some sculptures in the museums and grounds of the Vatican.  This one to start was pilfered from Egypt.  Theft is kind of a theme with Vatican art – that or spending church money on it.  See also the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square – not native to Italy, that’s for sure!

 

But still, the kitty is cute.

 

Vatican Sculpture II
Vatican Sculpture II

 

Now on to Grecian and Greek-inspired art.

Vatican Sculpture III

And here’s Hermes, a.k.a. Mercury for the Romans.

 

Vatican Sculpture IV

 

This one’s an odd piece of a piece, but I liked it.  Next, some items from the pre-Roman, Etruscan era.

 

Vatican Sculpture V
Vatican Sculpture V

 

This is a casket, but I particularly like the dog at the base of it.  For being so-called primitive artists, it’s amazing how lifelike this is!

 

Vatican Sculpture VI
Vatican Sculpture VI

 

And this is the side of a piece of pottery.  Not too fancy, but I liked the lion.

Next time, paintings from the Vatican, a.k.a. the more famous stuff.  Plus an explainer on why photos are a mega-size no-no in the Sistine Chapel.

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Cemeteries

Golden Gate National Cemetery
Golden Gate National Cemetery

 

As I mentioned last time around, I recently had the chance to spend a day wandering the cemeteries just south of San Francisco.  This particular shot is from the Golden Gate National Cemetery, which if it isn’t obvious, is a military cemetery.  I’d also point out, this is not the same as the San Francisco National Cemetery, located in the Presidio (which is also 100% worth a visit, though it is much smaller).  Among others, the GGNC is the final resting place of Adm. Chester Nimitz.

 

Betrayal
Betrayal

 

This impressive frieze is at the tomb of a San Francisco Catholic priest.  I loved how the sculptor got so much detail to come out of the marble; in particular, you get a great view of Judas with a knife hidden out of everyone’s sight.  Even if the main credit for this goes to Da Vinci, whoever executed the sculpture did a brilliant job.

 

DiMaggio Closeup
DiMaggio Closeup

 

And this is a closer view of some of the offerings left at Joe DiMaggio’s grave.  I liked the arrangement.

 

Marble Fountain
Marble Fountain

 

This fountain is actually a giant rolling ball (marble, I’m assuming) atop a water spout shaped like a lotus.  As you might guess, this part of the cemetery in question is heavily Asian, both in design and residents.  It’s an impressive sight to see this massive piece of stone rolling along like it’s the easiest thing in the world; certainly, a testament to the power of water.

 

Stained Glass Lamp
Stained Glass Lamp

 

And in a place where every image is seemingly of religion, this was a nice counterpoint (not to mention beautiful).  It is an absolutely lovely piece of stained glass.

 

No post for a few weeks – I’ll be out shooting.  But rest assured there will be TONS of material when  I get back!

 

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