Sunday, August 23, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Florence offers a view into the ancient art of
|Not a painting. Stone Art|
|Via degli Alfani 78 - 50121 Firenze|
Perhaps more familiar are the artistic techniques of mosaic, using small pieces of cut stone or marquetry, applying pieces of wood veneer to form patterns and pictures, but Pietre Dure is celebrated in Florence.
The museum is housed in a renovated, historic building that wraps around a central garden. The traditional floor plan was altered exposing a 2 story gallery from the entrance of the museum.
Without the large crowds in other museums, you can enjoy your visit at your own pace. There was no tour offered and the signage is mostly in Italian. However, in every room there were laminated information sheets for visitors to use as they examine the pieces in each room.
But you may be too busy marveling at the colors and intricate designs on the tables, bowls and vases to read the descriptions supplied. The walls are covered with stone 'paintings'. From a distance they appear to be painted figures, animals and lush forest scenes. But everything is created with very thin pieces of stone that fit together like a puzzle.
Some of the typical motifs used
The second floor houses the ancient machinery and tools that are used to create Pietre dure art. A film explained the process simply and described how designs are created, patterns made and stone cut to fit exactly into each pattern. The museums' You Tube posts gives you close up, color views
For details on this detailed process another You Tube video covers the process from selection of each stone, cutting and fitting into the intricate pattern to the final touches.
You get see the tools employed in the cases as well as stone samples.
This wooden vice holds a very thin slice of marble. A wire saw will cut out the next design
piece that will be added to the outline
Most walls are covered with works that appear to be paintings but are ALL completed with different colored stone to create each piece. The work is seamless with no indication that it is not one single piece of stone.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Museo storico della Liberazione, Rome another unique experience to discover- beyond the tourist sites.
The museum recording the liberation of Rome from the Nazi occupation is housed in a non descript apartment building not far from the Basilica of St John Laterna.
Here you will find records of the Italian Resistance in 1944 during the WWII German occupation of Rome 9/11/1943 to 6/4/1944.
|Exterior of via Tasso 145, Rome photo from web site|
At this location the SS detained and tortured captured members of the Italian Resistance. Since 1955 the former cells and offices preserve original leaflets, posters and documents that create the record of events during the occupation. Photographs, recordings and some films from this time are on display throughout the museum.
Historical Museum of the Liberation Struggle of Rome Prisons
|The staff member on duty the day I visited. What stories he may have to share|
The museum layout uses the original apartment floor plans Your audio guide takes you through the rooms on each of the 3 floors. Tour at your own pace there is much to read and learn in the 19 rooms.
What goes through your mind if you have been captured by the Nazi's
and brought to this stark building?
Many of the rooms have documents, photos, posters and art work from the occupation. Most of the descriptions and details are in Italian but often there are short notations in English.
Photos and details of detained prisoners are carefully displayed.
Their ultimate fate is listed for many of the detainees. These are all sad rooms.
Several examples of prisoners' clothing and
personal property are on display
Black and white photo from public events and a few of mass gathering
for Hitler or Mussolini were fascinating
Not far from the Termini train station, close to the basilica of St. John Lateran
The museum offered free admission and welcomes donations.
Several books and publications are available for purchase.
Check with the museum on access to the research room and materials.
Phone: +39 06 700 3866
Address: Via Tasso 145, Rome
Sources for statistics and dates: www.itww.museoliberazion; Wikipedia; the Museum Narrates by Antonio Parisella