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Chatsworth(2) around the grounds

It was a slightly hazy day and not much drama with light and shadows but plenty of statues lending their own drama to the scene.  Most of the figures are Italian marble and would have originally been pure white.The marble is constantly being cleaned on the classical statues and in the most basic way with a toothbrush and water ( I am no expert but some conservation work is not as glamorous as it sounds!). Each statue takes eight hours or so to clean and they are not taken back to their original whiteness.

Sugaring occurs on the surface of marble which is that crumbly sort of look.177

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This is half her head and her shoulder after toothbrush treatment!

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..

Milan ( in 10 pictures)

Milan

the magnificent Duomo

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a scowling stone carving (on the cathedral)

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shopping centre domed roof

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walking in favourite blue

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walking the dog on tiles

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the fashion police?

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too stylish for a rucksack

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the window dresser

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the best hot chocolate (despite the armed and arguing man at the bar counter)

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a long conversation beneath a papal wave