Sunday, November 29, 2015

STREET ART in Rome Advent Calendar

First Sunday in Advent

Pasolini Tribute
by Mr. Klevra, 2014
via Fanfulla da Lodi, 56

Based on a frame from Pier Paolo Pasolini's movie "The Gospel According to Matthew," this wall on a Pigneto neighbourhood street features the actress Margherita Caruso in the role of the Virgin Mary.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Get ready for Advent 2015

Advent 2015

Every year I enjoy sharing with family and friends a Roman Advent Calendar. Themes have included doors, windows, fountains, and stairs. Last year the theme was "Horses in Rome." On Sunday, November 29th, I will begin my 9th Roman Advent Calendar. Keep an eye out for it!

Advent Calendars have a wonderful history and many families cherish memories of anticipating the celebration of Christmas by opening little cardboard doors during the days of Advent.

You can return to this blog every day until Christmas and see something I have photographed in the amazing city of Rome.

Note: "L'occhio è l'unico che ouò assorters della belles - The eye is the only one who can see the beauty" was painted by Maupal in 2014 and  can be seen in the Roman neighbourhood of Pigneto on Via Fanfulla da Lodi. It is the eye of the poet and movie director Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December 24, 2014: Horses in Rome Advent Calendar

For the final posting of the 2014 Horses in Rome Advent Calendar I have selected a travertine relief outside an office building in EUR sculpted by Publio Morbiducci in 1939. It depicts the History of the Building of Rome and shows that horses have been part of Rome for over 2,000 years!

At the top of the relief on the left the story begins with Romulus and Remus.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 23, 2104: Horses in Rome Advent Calendar

The Carousel with its many colorful horses is always a special feature in Piazza Navona during the weeks before and after Christmas.

Piazza Navona is also a destination for those looking for additional figurines for a precepio or a Befana for January 6th.

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014: Horses in Rome Advent Calendar

For the third time this Advent we have the twin horse trainers, Castor and Pollux. They stand around the base of the Palazzo della Civilità del Lavoro, or the Colosseo Quadrate - Square Colosseum in the 20th-century Roman neighbourhood of EUR. These equestrian sculptural groups are by Publio Marbiducci and Alberto de Felci.

The building was designed for the Exposition Universale Romana, the 1942 World's Fair that never happened because of World War Two. The architects were Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano, and it was built between 1938 and 1943. The palazzo is currently undergoing renovation to become a headquarters for Fendi, the Italian design company.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014: Horses in Rmne Advent Calendar

Today we are back at the Ostiense Railway Station built in 1940. On the right side of the facade is a Travertine relief by Francesco Nagni that represents the mythical figures of Bellerophon and Pegasus.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 2014: Horses in Rome Advent Calendar

The church of Santa Trinità dei Monte (at the top of the Spanish Steps) has a cloister with some interesting art work. The lunettes depict the life of St. Francis of Paola. Charity was considered his main virtue and this fresco illustrates some of the charitable acts during his life. It was painted by Girolamo Massei in the middle of the 16th-century.

On the opposite side of the cloister are these interesting horses.