Monday, November 8, 2010

Yet another beautiful wrought iron grill

Can’t help but notice the lovely grill work, in so many different styles, all over Milan. Here’s another one.


I also can't help asking myself why I find it so lovely. The observations distilled into 'rules' by Owen Jones in his Grammar of Ornament come to mind: mix geometric shapes (squares and circles are more satisfying than ovals and rectangles) with curved, all the while respecting the natural forms, even while stylizing them, from which imagery is derived. (I'm halfway through my own personal analysis of his book, and am planning to discuss it more fully in my needlepoint blog, but the project is temporarily bogged down because life is getting in the way. Hopefully, in a few months, things will start to settle down.)

Many late 19th-early 20th century buildings in Milan have grill work either in the lower base of the building, or immediately along the building in the sidewalk.

They cover the windows letting light and air into semi-basement and basement areas.

I snapped the picture for you in Corso di Porta Romana near Piazza Missori on Sept. 5, 2010, at about 8:15 A.M.

(To see the needlepoint diagram I created out of this image, go to Ars acupicturae stellae – Star’s Needlepoint Blog,

1 comment:

Life Moto said...

just passing by to view your work of art. have a nice day!

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