Statuesque in Firenze

Statuesque

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Today we head back to Firenze for my Monochrome Madness 2-14 contribution. Back to the Piazza Della Signoria and Giambologna’s equestrian statue (1595) of Grand Duke Cosimo I ~ the man who, according to my DK Eyewitness Travel guide “subjugated all Tuscany under his military rule.”

Have you ever noticed how great leaders are also depicted as great horsemen?

Because I’m such a horse person my eye is drawn to the magnificent equestrian statues and sculptures of the great cities I visit in Europe. Also, as an artist myself, I know that accurately capturing the majesty, power and vulnerability of the horse is no mean feat. So, when I see equestrian artwork that resonates these characteristics I appreciate the artistry and vision required to effectively produce such a masterpiece.

Amazing!

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Contendor

Monochrome Madness: 2-5

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Contendor~*~

I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.
Jane Smiley

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Interesting week. Another layer of life’s onion has been peeled back, revealing old negative energy needing to be released. Fortunately I understand its source and so am willing, able and happy to do it. Who wants to hold on to old stuff anyway?

I’m also happy to have horses in my life to help keep me grounded at times like this.

This is Contendor.
Small in stature but big in spirit, he is the source of much contemplation for people engaged in equine experiential learning at the farm where I received my certification.

I’m looking forward to spending some time with him tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Window of Time

Tourists

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For Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 28 I’ve selected an image taken while on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House.

This magnificent music venue perched on Sydney Harbour is a marvel of design and construction, and offers all kinds of interesting photographic opportunities.

On tours my tendency is to lag behind, my eyes and imagination caught for far longer than the guide’s strict window of time allows. Still, what I miss in the commentary I gain through my own observation.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014