martedì 17 novembre 2009

So long time since I wrote here...
I decided to start from the end: saturday I went to Ferrara.
First I visited ad exhibition about Giovanni Boldini (the exhibition). He was a painter born in Ferrara on 1842 and died in Paris on 1931 (about Boldini).
I really enjoyed both Boldini and the tour of Ferrara: "Ferrara, which grew up around a ford over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este. The humanist concept of the 'ideal city' came to life here in the neighbourhoods built from 1492 onwards by Biagio Rossetti according to the new principles of perspective. The completion of this project marked the birth of modern town planning and influenced its subsequent development." (from UNESCO)

7 commenti:

Thomas ha detto...

Good photo.

vicki archer ha detto...

Glad you are back Massi...xv

massi ha detto...

thanks thomas. usually i'm not photogenic, but here i can recognize myself.

merci chère vicki!

Kyle ha detto...

I'm assuming that the "modern" town planning explains the majestic look of many Italian cities, as compared to the haphazardly thrown together cities here in the US. There are a few notable exceptions on both sides of the great pond, but I've always been more attracted to cities that were well planned and have character and architecture. Maybe it is the artist in me?

massi ha detto...

kyle could be ;D

In Italy we have a great tradition on urban planning.
I guessit works until the 2nd mondial war and then...we "collapsed".
So You can find everywhere here perfect old towns beside chaotic new towns.

The Machinist's Wife ha detto...

So much history in your beautiful country. Australia is only (just over) 200 years old. Now I can see why my daughters long to go over there... Thankyou, Massi

massi ha detto...

Thank You Machinist's Wife!
You konw? I'd like to visit Australia...