Orvieto is a small town in Umbria, Italy. It lies between Rome and Florence.
Orvieto’s history dates back to the 9th Century BC. It was the political and religious center of the Etruscan civilization until the 3rd Century BC when the Etruscans were conquered by the Romans.
During the Middle Ages, Orvieto was a thriving city/state. During the 13th century five different popes lived in Orvieto. It was during this time that the Duomo shown below was commissioned. Construction began in 1292. Orvieto’s prosperity as a city/state came to an end a century later after the plague.
Today Orvieto is a tourist destination, housing a number of historic churches and palaces. It is known for its wine, in particular “Orvieto Classico,” a white wine, and “Orvietoware” a tin-glazed earthenware.
at Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence
in the Pantheon, Rome
The Genius of Victory
in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Unfinished Works at the Galleria dell’Accademia
The Clocks of Venice
I have already published a few photo posts about the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., and its founder Seward Johnson. But every time I go there I see new and interesting things. Here are some photos from my most recent visit. And, oh yah, the boat shown above is a Seward Johnson sculpture not a working vessel.
The Newark Museum recently renovated its second floor galleries that house the musuem’s collection of ;modern and contemporary art. Seeing America: 20th and 21st Century is the first exhibit in the reopened gallery.
Painting by artists from North and Centrl America and the Caribbean on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Newark Museum
Seeing America, Newark Museum
LIncoln Kirstein’s Modern, Museum of Modern Art, New York
(Kirstein was MOMA’s consultant on Latin American Art in the 1940’s)
The Museum of Art and Design-Miramar in San Juan, Puerto Rico is located in “The Pink House” at Cuevillas 607. The house was originally built as the home for Judge Luis Mendez-Vaz and his wife Maria Bagur. It was later purchased by their son Eduardo Mendez-Bagur. He bequeathed it to the Miramar community.
All of the works on display are by Puerto Rican artists.
Studebaker, platanos y machete, Miguel Luciano
Tourist Series, Aaron Salabarrias Valle
Designing Utopias, Nathan Budoff
Acrobat of Design, Lorenzo Homar
Photos from a ebike tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico, courtesy of Night Kayak. The tour starts at dusk in Condado and ends at night is Old San Juan.
El Yunque National Forest is a 29,000 acre tropical rain forest in the northeast part of Puerto Rico. It is part of the national forest system.
In September of 2017, when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it stripped the leaves off of the trees in El Yunque. One of every ten trees died. The landscape was left brown and barrren.
No longer. Less then two years later, El Yunque is once again lush and green. While some parts of the rain forest are still off limits to the public while they regenerate, many of El Yunque’s most popular sections are once again open to visitors. It is a living testament to nature’s resiliency.
Yokahu Tower, elevation 1,575 feet