Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wreath and bow: Corriere della Sera, via Solferino 28

Architectural decorative details are pretty interesting to trace in Milan. Some, about which I will be talking in future posts, seem to grow out of, or at least into, the building (you’ve heard the catch phrase before, “form follows function”). Some, such as this eclectic style wreath and bow design with the intertwined initials, do not pretend to do this, but at least they collaborate with, and do not overwhelm, our sense of the underlying structure (that would be too scary…unless some pretentious architect wanted to scare us…).More......

This wreath and bow come from the side of a 1903-1904 eclectic building by Luca Beltrami, one of Milan's most important architects of the day (he restored the city's castle, and was officially in charge of the architecture of the city), and L. Repossi in via Solferino, 28, for the headquarters of the city's nationally important newspaper, Corriere della Sera.

As usual, you can see the gridded design on my needlepoint blog: http://arsacupicturaestellae.blogspot.com/2010/09/wreath-and-bow-milan-monday-06-ahemon.html

I snapped this photo on the 27th of August in 2004 at 4:30 P.M.

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