Archive for the 'Art' Category

Italy, Venice: Doge’s Palace, Venice

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

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The Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale, was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic. The Venetian Gothic construction started around 1340 and was modified many times over the centuries due to fires and governmental needs.

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Liechtenstein, Vadaz: Wearing Someone’s Shoes

Monday, February 4th, 2019

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Three can fit into the giant sculptured shoes in the promenade of Valduz, Liechtenstein.

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Liechtenstein, Vadaz: Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Monday, February 4th, 2019

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Fun sculpture of high heels in Vadaz, Liechtenstein.

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Switzerland, Lucerne: St. Peterskapelle (St. Peter’s Chapel)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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This ornate 18th-century church was built over a 12th-century predecessor.

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Switzerland, Lucerne: Lion Monument in Lucerne

Monday, January 21st, 2019

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Gletschergarten Lowendenkmal is massive heartrending stone relief which was carved to remember the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when defending Louis XVI. Swiss Guards were and are famous as brave sentries. Today, they still surround the Pope. When the revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, more than 800 were killed during the fighting, after surrender, or died in prison of their wounds. 300 lucky survived because they were with the detachment which King Louis XVI had sent to Normandy to escort grain convoys. Two surviving Swiss officers went on to become senior ranked guards for Napoleon.

In 1880, Mark Twain had this to say about it ” His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France. Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies.

Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion ­and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.”

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France, Paris: Crowning of Napoleon

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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In the Louvre, one of the largest paintings at 33 ft. x 22 ft. was unsurprisingly commissioned by Napoleon himself of his 1804 coronation. His official court painter Jacques-Louis David, created a Facebook of French politicians, Napoleon’s family and, of course a selfie of the painter himself.

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France, Paris: Paris Opera Charles Garnier Sculpture

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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This monument on the side of the Opera de Paris is dedicated to its architect, Charles Garnier. We loved the idea of putting the seating plan front and center.

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Austria, Innsbruck: Cinderella Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Aha, so that’s where the prince had Cinderella’s glass slipper made! (at Swarovksi)

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Austria, Innsbruck: Star Crooner’s Crown Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Elton John’s crown made by Swarovski crystal.

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Austria, Innsbruck: Crystal Skull Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Death becomes her when she’s made out of crystal.

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