Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A female black scoter heads out into the ocean.
I love sea ducks. They seem to be more adventuresome than pond ducks. According to my Peterson Field Guide, female black scoters vocalize by growling. That sounds pretty fierce. Black scoters are declining in numbers, so it was special to see one the other week at the beach.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
These two birds drinking from a chalice are on display outside the Basilica of Sant'Appolinare in Classe, outside Ravenna. I believe they were taken from some other church in the area.
In the very early days of Christianity, this symbol was understood by Christians to represent the Eucharist and its power to keep "you"[those who participated] in everlasting life. Those who were not Christians would not necessarily understand the symbolism.
The motif is found in the Roman catacombs as well as on the sides of (much later) baptismal fonts.
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The church building itself was built in 1336 as a grain store and market on the site of an oratory and within the garden area of a monastery. About fifty years later, became more used as a church but still as a granary store house. (The market was moved elsewhere.)
The gothic tabernacle was designed by Andrea di Cione di Arcangelo (aka Orcagna) and houses a beautiful madonna and child by Bernardo Daddi (1347, a pupil of Giotto).
If you look closely, you will see that the tabernacle fits perfectly inside the church. The halo on the figure on the very top of the tabernacle touches the frescoed ceiling.
Unlike some of the other huge churches in Florence, this one does not take a long time to visit and see all there is to see inside. It you can go on a Monday, you can go upstairs to see the originals of the statues that adorn the exterior of the building, but either way, it's well worth the visit.