stairs to nowhere

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These stairs were out of bounds, not surprisingly, as some floors and walls were long gone from this old building but I liked the twist and a certain delicacy about this stone staircase to nowhere…..

 

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one shot two ways

As I walked past this house in Milan I could not help but wonder why someone had gone to so much trouble to paint the perfect shutters on the wall. I was quite intriqued.I was pacing along and couldn’t really stop long so took a full shot trying to get the whole scene in from across the road.

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Then I took the second shot  which was to kind of reinforce the first shot and a zoom in on the neatly painted shutters. No works of art but presumably broke up what someone had thought was a bit of a boring wall.

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All very clean and neat. A tromp l’oeil……

D’Agrate or Hirst ; St Bartholomew

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This is a statue in Milan Cathedral and its appearance is striking and frightening all in one.

St Bartholomew, now the patron saint of tanners, apparently , stands having flayed his own self and holding his skin and is all tissue and muscle and everything else carved into this solid block of marble.

It is amazing to look at.

Mark Twain said of it ‘It was a hideous thing, and yet there was a fascination about it somehow…’

Carved by Marco d’Agrate (c.1504 – c.1574)

Damien Hirst has done a version of St Bartholomew in bronze (2006) called Exquisite Pain.http://www.fadwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/hirst.jpg.

I  think I prefer the earlier version although the actual subject matter is a little morbid but compelling to look at..