Tuscany Farm and Castle

Poggio Alloro farm
Castello di Oliveto sign
Castello di Olivetto
The Castello di Olivetto was built in 1424 by the Pucci family, an off and on ally of the Medici’s.
Pucci coat of arms
During the wars with the Florentine Republic there was a battle at the castle during which all the adult members of the Pucci family were killed. A servant hid a male child in an underground tunnel. She was credited with saving the family line and her image later would grace the Pucci coat of arms as shown on the doorway above.
Castello di Oliveto courtyard
San Gimignano
Atop the hill is the town of San Gimignano
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Orvieto

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.

Torre del Moro
Torre del Moro. The tower dates back to the 13th century. The clock was added in 1866.
Musei Archeologici Civico e Faina
Musei Archeologici Civico e Faina, an Etruscan museum.
Church of San Francesco
Church of San Francesco. believed to have been built in 1227.
Palazzo del Popolo
Palazzo del Popolo, built in the 14th century.
Bust of Adolfo Cozza
This bust of Adolfo Cozza stands outside the Palazzo del Popolo. Cozza was an archaeologist, sculptor and inventor born in Orvieto in 1848.
Torre di Maurizio
Torre di Maurizio
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Michelangelo

David

at Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence

Sistine Chapel

The Last Judgement
The Last Judgement

Pieta

in the Pantheon, Rome

Peita

The Genius of Victory

in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Genius of Victory
Unfinished statue found in his workshop after he died in 1554.

Unfinished Works at the Galleria dell’Accademia

Garage Michelangelo
And if you want to see Michelangelo’s works at the Accademia, you can park here.
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Venetian Time

The Clocks of Venice

San Marco clock tower
Venice Clock Tower in Piazza San Marco
Venetian clock
Clock for IIII numeral
This clock is in the Doge’s Palace. (The Doge was the head of the Venetian Republic.) If you look closely you’ll notice that four is written as IIII rather than IV. Apparently one of the Doge’s had a problem with math.
Six-hour clock
This six-hour clock is also in the Doge’s Palace. This is in the room for lawyers. These guys, who were the Venetian equivalent of pubic defenders, seemingly worked a six-hour day.
Zodiac clock
Zodiac clock
Venetian clock
Venetian clock
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Back in the Sculpture Park

Seward Johnson sculpture

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.

Carmelita, Autin Wright
Carmelita, Autin Wright
Tower, Brower Hatcher
Tower, Brower Hatcher
Nature's Laugh, Gunnar Theel
Nature’s Laugh, Gunnar Theel
Hawthorn Tree II, Isaac Witkin
Hawthorn Tree II, Isaac Witkin
Skewered, Francisco Liero
Skewered, Francisco Liero
To Marcel Duchamp, William T. Wiley
To Marcel Duchamp, William T. Wiley
Part of Nature, Seward Johnson
Part of Nature, Seward Johnson
October Gathering, Joan Danziger
October Gathering, Joan Danziger
General Bronze, Marisol
General Bronze, Marisol
Sagg Portal, Hans van de Bovenkamp
Sagg Portal, Hans van de Bovenkamp
Schatz's Spaceship, E. Caldor Powel
Schatz’s Spaceship, E. Caldor Powel
Urchin, Howard Kalish
Urchin, Howard Kalish

Tallur L.N.

Double Check, Seward Johnson
Double Check is a 1982 Seward Johnson sculpture that was installed at Liberty Plaza Park in Lower Manhattan. During 9/11 it was covered with ash and debris. It became an informal memorial as mourners left candles and flowers. This replica is in the Grounds for Sculpture
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Seeing America from the Second Floor in Newark

Mimi Smith at the Newark Museum
TV and Easy Chair, Mimi Smith

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.

Henri painting of paperboy
Portrait of Willie Gee, Robert Henri. Henri painted this portrait of his paperboy in 1904. Gee was the son of a previously enslaved woman from Virginia.
H.F. Bell painting at Newark Museum
Untitled, H.F. Bell
Duane Hanson sculpture
Man on a Mower, Duane Hanson
Stanley Apollo
Apollo, Bob Stanley
Paris Abstract, John Ferren
Paris Abstract, John Ferren
Man Ray at Newark Museum
Object Indestructible, Man Ray
O'Keeffe at Newark Museum
Purple Petunias, Georgia O’Keeffe
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Latin American Modern

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

Millenial Guardian Angel
Millenial Guardian Angel, Jo-el Lopez, Puerto Rico
Condor with Still Life, Alejandro Obregôn, Colombia
Condor with Still Life, Alejandro Obregôn, Colombia
Constructive New York, Francisco Matto, Uruguay
Constructive New York, Francisco Matto, Uruguay
Conflict, Julio Girona, Cuba
Conflict, Julio Girona, Cuba

LIncoln Kirstein’s Modern, Museum of Modern Art, New York

(Kirstein was MOMA’s consultant on Latin American Art in the 1940’s)

The Port, Joaquïn Torres-Garcia, Uruguay
The Port, Joaquïn Torres-Garcia, Uruguay
Desolation, Raquel Forner, Argintina
Desolation, Raquel Forner, Argintina
Savanna, Gonzalo Ariza, Colombia
Savanna, Gonzalo Ariza, Colombia
New Chicago Athletic Club, Antonio Berni, Argentina
New Chicago Athletic Club, Antonio Berni, Argentina
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Museum of Art and Design-Miramar

Close Your Eyes, Vladimir Garcia
Close Your Eyes, Vladimir Garcia

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

Jet Black, Carlos Davila Rinaldi
Jet Black, Carlos Davila Rinaldi
Art Deco Radio
Art Deco Radio, RCA Victor, 1940
Native Bike, Bobby Cruz
Native Bike, Bobby Cruz
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Nightfall in San Juan

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.

John the Baptista
San Juan is named after John the Baptist
San Juan Capital
The Capital Building
La Concha
El Morro
El Morro
La Rogativa
La Rogativa commemorates an incident in 1797 during a British naval blockade. Puerto Ricans took to the streets to plead with God for help. The British mistook them for reinforcements, feared they were outnumbered, and abandoned the city.
The governor's mansion
La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, Old San Juan
Fortaleza Street
Fortaleza Street, aka Umbrella Street. This is where the protests that led to the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello started.
Raices Fountain
Raices Fountain commemorates Puerto Rico’s mixed African, Spanish and Taino/Amerindian heritage.
La Casita
The last stop
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El Yunque Reborn

El Yunque

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.

El Yunque
Coca Falls
Coca Falls
El Yunque
Rain in the rain forest.

Yokahu Tower, elevation 1,575 feet

Angelito Trail

Rio Mameyes

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