Perfection in Bronze

The Riace Bronzes or Riace Warriors, found off the coast of Calabria in 1972, are incredible. Sculpted of bronze in the mid-5th century BCE, probably in Greece, they are thought to be part of a cargo from a sunken ship. After years of conservation, the two statues are housed at the National Museum of Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria.

Each life-sized bronze figure would have held a weapon in their right hand and have worn a shield on their left forearm.

Found Art: Sanctuary

In the Eye of the Beholder

Bari, Puglia, Italy

Waiting for the Wedding

Bari, Puglia, Italy

Scenes from Scilla

Scilla, a beautiful seaside town north of Reggio Calabria in the toe of Italy. On the Strait of Messinia, facing Sicily.

The Sleeping Dragon

In the Eye oh the Beholder

Bari, Puglia, Italy

Lecce Stone

The historic center of Lecce, the capital of the Salento region in Puglia, is built of a soft white limestone that is easily carved.

Lecce met the Baroque on its own terms, with the local stone used both on the exterior and in the interior.

Unfortunately, the stone is so soft that it erodes easily.

Fossil shells can be seen in worn surfaces.

Over time, the white stone turns yellow. In the past the stone surfaces would have been plastered, but the plaster also deteriorated.

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