Medieval Waiting

Waiting area outside the entrance to the Augustinian monastery, Santi Quattro Coronati, Rome, Italy.

Waiting area outside the entrance to the Santi Quattro Coronati Monastery in Rome, Italy. Currently, 13 Augustinian sisters reside in the monastery adjoining the 12th-century Santi Quattro Coronati basilica. The order is cloistered and has little contact with the public.  On the wall to the left of  the sitting area there is a small grilled window for communications and an old rotating cylinder cupboard originally meant for dropping off abandoned babies. Beginning in the mid 1500’s, the sisters ran on orphanage at the site for over 300 years.

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Last Day in Florence

I ended my four weeks in Florence with a visit to the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s David. The Carrara marble statue weighs over five tons. (1501-1504) The photo has a slight red cast I couldn’t get rid of,

Silent Sunday

Michelangelo’s Tomb, Santa Croce, Florence, Italy.

Fading Memories

 

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Mirror, Mirror, and the Walls

The Mirror Cabinet, Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Reflections

The Mirror Cabinet in Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, was furnished for Christian V. (1670-1699). It was the king’s dressing room, accessed up a winding stairs from his bedchamber on the floor below. Visitors were reflected in the ceiling, the walls and in the oval mirror in the floor.  During the Baroque period, the King’s suite often had mirrored cabinets, normally connected to the bedroom. The covered glass cup with the crown finial was produced in Nøstetangen, c. 1750.

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Fall Color

Fall Color, Dachau, Germany

Hope. Signs of life at a place of death, Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany.

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