Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Well, maybe not, but it was magical enough to drag me from my sick bed (my luck to be sick on the one snow day in New Orleans) and skulk about in the snow with my camera. It will all be a memory by lunchtime.
Decatur and Barracks (the other end of the block)
My gallery (front porch in Kentuckian)
Sunday, December 07, 2008
The older Mario Praz
Spark's article goes on to describe him sitting under a leak in the roof of the opera house: "sure enough, there was our dear Malocchio sitting under the afflicted spot," enduring his own private rainstorm. The burden of such a reputation would turn anyone into a recluse.
This eminent outcast eventually assembled one of the finest collection of Empire, Regency and Biedermeier furniture and decorative arts in private hands at the time, paid for by his work as a translator (he translated most of his English contemporaries into Italian). His oddly fascinating memoir, The House of Life (a reply to the roman a clef written by his estranged ex wife, who considered their marriage a tomb), catalogues his collection in terms of relationships with the various people who passed through his life when he wasn't haggling with dealers. A description of a rare objet will end with an anecdote about T.S. Eliot; his attempt to show his affection for his daughter with fine Empire furniture in her nursery was not met with the hoped-for gratitude.
The collection now resides in the Museo Mario Praz, located in his final apartment in the Palazzo Primoli, over the Museo Napoleonico on Via Zanardelli. http://www.museopraz.beniculturali.it/The Grande Galleria
The Salle della Biblioteche (3 pictures above courtesy the Museo Mario Praz)
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
*I had to look it up - never saw the movie. I just liked the colors. And the sentiment was bracing at 7:30.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
I was just passing through the neighborhood, so I couldn't go inside, but found these images online. Apparently it has quite a pipe organ.
I like the interior, but not quite sure what I think about the altar painting. (It's starting to grow on me)
last 2 photos from http://www.neworleanschurches.com/StarofSea/star.htm
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My favorite, but the Dude may be too busy abiding to vote. (Although there might be a polling place by the grocery/ liquor store/ bowling alley)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The above pergola of fuel makes filling up the tank a veritable garden party!
This convenience store features engaged Corinthian Columns on plinths. I guess they're going for the ruined grotto effect with the bricked-in arch. You, know, instant history - like Lutyens and Addison Mizner. Yeah.
This Walgreen's is practically academic in its use of the Corinthian Order- note the double pilasters at the entrance pavillion. The frieze is a bit exaggerated, but I saw much (much!) worse in town; unfortunately, the person driving me around found my outrage less than amusing -"not everyone is that picky about architecture" (her Dad's a civil engineer) - and didn't want to pull over on busy roads so I could get pictures of numerous monstrosities. I wish I could have gotten a better shot here, but the Madison police were busily arresting a Gustav evacuee. (Or maybe they caught some local stealing Sudafed to make meth - you just know there are labs up in the hills)
One final shot, taken on the way out of town. On the left is the local Kinko's. Nice cupolas.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Yes, a bit grim. Now I'm off to help my friends Uptown batten down their hatches. We'll decide tonight or tomorrow morning whether to stay to go. If I stay, I'll stay at their house. If not, Jackson here we come. We being Etta and I. We're prepared.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I'm also going to take more pictures around the quarter, since my walk to work is a visual feast - if I'm awake enough!