Versace’s autumn/winter collection was inspired by the Byzantine mosaics of the churches and religious buildings of Ravenna, Italy. The halter top shown above was part of the 2018 Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The photograph below shows a detail from a mosaic depicting the Empress Theodora from the 6th- century Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. Theodora (c. 500– 548) was empress of the Eastern Roman Empire, also called Byzantium or the Byzantine Empire, by her marriage to Emperor Justinian I.
For my sister Lisa who is an 8-year survivor.
Join Terri’s Sunday Stills: Make Mine Pink, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Johannes Larsen (1867 – 1961) was a Danish nature painter noted for his images of birds. This ceiling painting in the Queen’s Reference Library at Christiansborg Palace is one of several he painted in public buildings.
The Throne Room in Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark. The thrones, reminders of the period of Denmark’s absolute monarchy (1660 to 1848), are no longer used. The king’s throne, on the left, is adorned with two golden lions; the queen’s throne, on the right, features two mythical creatures called griffons. The oval room is now used for greeting dignitaries during state visits. Christiansborg Palace has burned twice, in 1794 and 1884. The current palace was built between 1907 and 1928. The thrones were rescued from the 1884 fire.
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I have been under the weather the last few days. Thanks to my friends who have been looking out for me, I have managed to visit two lovely places not on the general tourist itinerary. Here’s one of them.
The oldest continuously inhabited city in Sweden. Founded in 980, the current city buildings date to the 17th century or later.
Numerous rune stones are scattered through the city. Sven and Frödis erected this one in memory of Ulv. The museum provides a map of a rune stone walk.
The 11-century rune stone pictured below is from St. Peter’s Church. Sigtuna was an important Christian mission area, with 6 churches from the 11 century.
The small but informative museum is worth a visit. The bones are an early bishop; Sigtuna’s first bishop arrived in 1080.
The museum had a small exhibit old SAS uniforms outside an exhibit on immigration and emigration.
Old Sigtuna sat on the shore of a lake, which is now a bit of a walk.
The bricks mark the old shoreline.
Quaint cafes and shops line the main street and alleys.
My favorite photo from Sigtuna. A shed in a resident’s back yard.