In the background on the left, the Late Renaissance drum of the Early Christian church, San Lorenzo*. In the foreground on the right,...More......
...the back of a school built in the "Novecento" period "of consensus"** during which the architectural style, in my opinion, was a wonderful balance between sterile and cold Rationalism and previous "been there, done that" more decorative styles. There also is an eery preview of post-modernism. But more about this another day.
All against today's bright blue sky (And the temps? Nippy, but coats and gloves were sufficient.)
*See my http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com/2011/12/what-are-standard-to-see-and-do-things.html#0
**A backhand way to refer to the period when--at least seemingly--the majority of Italians were in favor of the restoration of a kind of order by the Fascists after a couple of decades of violent social unrest alternating with brief periods of uneasy quiet. The period of consensus itself began to unravel, beginning with the mid-30s colonial wars in Africa, right through the ignominious adherence to the alliance with Hitler and the anti-semitic laws. For further reading, see Mussolini by Prof. Pierre Milza, published in French in 1999 and in Italian in 2000.