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.
Now on to Grecian and Greek-inspired art.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
And this is a closer view of some of the offerings left at Joe DiMaggio’s grave. I liked the arrangement.
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.
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!