Monday, August 30, 2010

Between the Duomo and the episcopal palace: a beautiful surprise at your feet

We forget to look up when hurrying through our days, but we also forget to observe when we are looking down....More......

I can't count the number of times that I've passed down the street between the Duomo and the episcopal palace. Maybe it's because the Duomo always attracts my attention. It's fascinating the way that such an enormous and intricate building pops out at you when you approach it from the relatively narrow street between the royal palace and the episcopal palace. (I say "relatively" because, though it may seem narrow to us, being wide enough to fit two horse-drawn carts, it probably would have seemed a highway to any ancient, or medieval, Milanese.)

The raking light on Saturday the 21st of August, 2010, at almost 7 P.M. must have been just right to throw glints onto the cast bronze, and to force it into my consciousness.

At about 3' x 4' (that's about a meter by a bit over a meter, for you metric system folk), the grill, severe in its overall simple geometric pattern, but beautiful in its contrast of horizontals, verticals and diagonals, as well as harmonious positive (mass) and negative (empty) spaces, was so large that, even standing on tiptoe and holding the camera up as high as possible, I couldn't get it all in and, at the same time, perpendicular to the camera's plane. Hence, the tilt.

This posed a quandry because it caught my eye, not only for this blog, but also for "Milan Monday" for my needlepoint blog, Ars acupicturae stellae - Star's Needlepoint Art. I solved that problem by extracting a modular detail, and working that up into a gridded pattern. (

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