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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Big Cities - Rome

My favorite part was the statuary!!! I couldn't get enough of all that gorgeously detailed white marble.


The more dramatic the lighting, the better!


The scale ranged from small, to life-sized to the extremely 'heroic'!


This angel was lit by the singular sun source in the Pantheon ceiling.


Some of the faces I found absolutely breathtaking...


The detailing was exquisite....


It was lovely to see and to contemplate...

You can see more photos here.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

These statues are fabulous. Thank you so much foe posting photos of them!

michelle said...

Oh my goodness Tara, some of these photos are wonderful. I'd like a copy of one of the angels to draw from!

muddy red shoes said...

These photos are indeed fantastic, I hope you have hundreds more to post, I am enjoying my armchair trip to Italy very much.

Merisi said...

You make me look forward to summer in Rome even more! Should you ever happen to be in Rome during a rainstorm, get as fast as possible inside the Pantheon. The water gushing through that ceiling whole and running along the floor is really a special experience.

Merisi said...

"ceiling hole" -
my brain's playing with phonetics a lot lately, hope it's not a sign of something serious (I haven't even been working today, so no excuse there). ;-)

P.S.: You sure meant to write "Pantheon", what with the Parthenon still in Athens (or in the British Museums? *g*).

tlc illustration said...

Yes - of course, Merisi! For some reason my fingers typed the wrong thing...

dinahmow said...

Lovely! Now I'm wondering when/if I'll ever get back to Italy...

Merisi said...

Tara, happens to me all the time (especially when I am working in one language, and then go type something in another one, the phonetics play havoc with my words). And it's so easy to get confused, between the Panthéon in Paris, and the Pantheon in Rome, both being "Temples of Worship", to the so similar sounding Parthenon, - which is a temple too, after all -, which hails from the Greek parthénos, the meaning of which is debated to this date, "a vergin woman" the generally used one. could imagine, the godess Artemis who is one of these godesses - the other, Athena -, is of particular interest to fairy, she of nature and wild beasts.
I am writing all this, because you would be an ideal illustrator for Greek or Roman Myths, retold for children. I would love to buy such a book. Think! :-)

tongue in cheek said...

I agree with you. I am taken with the statues too!! Thanks for showing your favorites!

Tom Kidd said...

The second picture of this group is exactly why I say artists make the best photographers. Putting your niece in the picture makes it a perfect contrast of sizes and subjects -- massive and gray/small and pink.

grannyfiddler said...

the close-up of the face could be one of William Morris' angels... they all have the face of his wife. beautiful stuff!

stumbled on you via French Toast Girl... wonderful blogsites, both.