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Under their Watchful Eye


A few meters away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is this tabernacle of Mary and Child surrounded by saints on top of the Camposanto monumentale ("monumental cemetery").  It stands in the square behind the medieval cathedral.  It is the work from the second half of the 14th century by a follower of Giovanni Pisamo (per Wiki).

I think Mary and Saints are making sure the Leaning Tower does not fall over!


[Late this afternoon Donica and I fly back to Amsterdam.]


Under their Watchful Eye


A few meters away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is this tabernacle of Mary and Child surrounded by saints on top of the Camposanto monumentale ("monumental cemetery").  It stands in the square behind the medieval cathedral.  It is the work from the second half of the 14th century by a follower of Giovanni Pisamo (per Wiki).

I think Mary and Saints are making sure the Leaning Tower does not fall over!


[Late this afternoon Donica and I fly back to Amsterdam.]


comments (30)

  • James
  • Japan
  • 25 Nov 2007, 00:11
Nice job framing this shot...I like the subtle gold colours as well!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very kindly, James, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 25 Nov 2007, 00:55
Breaking the rule of centering and it works great! The cloudy sky sets the atmosphere nicely too.
Ginnie Hart: Some things just have to be centered, Jewlya. smile Thanks.
Love the symmetry going on in this one Ginnie. Went up the tower many years ago on a very blustery April day - quite scary, especially on the leaning down side as there was nothing to stop you going over the edge.

You were not the only one not to know that blackdog and anniedog had more in common, I was totally in the dark!
Ginnie Hart: I didn't even try to climb the tower, Jose-Ann, but did enjoy walking around it and capturing its lean from different angles. Very touristy photos, of course. smile I can imagine what it would have felt like to be up at the top, especially.

And thanks for making me feel I'm not totally out of it re: Ingrid and Mike!!! Talk about my pleasant shock of the SC day. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Nov 2007, 01:33
Great picture, Ginnie. I especially like the detail of beautiful sandstone with its false windows/arches.

A very Ginnie sort of Leaning Tower image.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I guess this is very Ginnie-esque! I love this sort of stuff, as you know by now. Don't get me wrong, I took all the touristy shots of the Leaning Tower as well. smile Thanks, Ray.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 25 Nov 2007, 01:54
I like the details and simplicity of composition in this, my dear.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear sister. It was very different from other "tabernacles" I've seen, the way it was perched on the edge of the roof.
The upper part of the decorated window (I presume) arches really does it for me.
richard.
Ginnie Hart: So glad I chose this view, Richard, because some of my shots did not include the arches. But they caught my attention as well. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 25 Nov 2007, 09:36
GEWELDIG, this is so sharp, so nice the colours are a beauty, the details are supurb, nice job again Ginnie smile in a few days you know the meaning of the first word wink
Ginnie Hart: The online translator says it means "terrible," Astrid. So you have some explaining to do. grin Ha! I can hardly wait to see you and learn these wonderful words from your language.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Nov 2007, 10:02
Fine that you didn't take the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa but this tabernacle on top of the Camposanto monumentale! I'm not sure if many tourists do detect this precious artistic sculpture work! It's a pity that we cannot look at details of the faces, the pleats of the clothing...- nevertheless a wonderful impression you have given to us by this photo, convenient on this sunday ,too!
Ginnie Hart: This would be easy to miss if you weren't walking around and trying to see something else besides the Leaning Tower, Philine. Don't get me wrong, because I took plenty of my own touristy shots of the Leaning Tower! smile Thanks.
What a sight to see. I'm glad you went on this trip so that we can reap the benefits of these wonderful photos
Ginnie Hart: The thing about cruises, Mary, is that you see so many different places for only a short period of time. Since the world is so big, and there are so many places to see, we don't mind the short visits. And yes, I'm more than delighted there are those of you interested to see what we saw. Thank you.
Very nice composition Ginnie. The framing and colour tones are great
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard!
They certainly don't look like they are about to duck out of the way, so perhaos they do know something ;o)

Perfectly centred.
Ginnie Hart: They may even know something we don't, Mike. smile Thank you kindly.
Wow, very nice and nicely done too because it is not so easy to catch !
Ginnie Hart: It's in a very strange location, Zeb, to be sure. I was on the grass in front of it and am not sure I was allowed there, but no one came and stopped me, thankfully (nor did I see any signs!). Thank you for your kind words.
Nice symmetry here, the colours look good to. Strange but again I think this is great with a grey sky instead of a clear blue one...but I couold be wrong, haven't seen it with the blue sky smile
Ginnie Hart: There was no blue sky that day, Aksel--just lots of rain! So you get what you can, right?! I actually almost always prefer gray skies, unless the blue is fabulous. Thanks as always for your comment!
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 25 Nov 2007, 14:45
soooo wel composed....liking it...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sam, and so nice to see you again! smile
Wonderful colours Ginnie - what a shame that such beauty seems to be out of normal sight of those passing by. I'm assuming that it is above normal eye level? David.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, David, this is up a bit and out of the normal path. What a shame for people to miss it, but you're right, because I'm guessing most do. I was glad I saw it. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • on vacation
  • 25 Nov 2007, 16:44
Lovely capture, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Kay.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Nov 2007, 16:47
lovely composition Ginnie as usual. The red and stone work well together and give a great effect. Safe journey back to Amsterdam to you both.smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Tracy. It's good to have you back. I can hardly wait to see your Prague photos!
  • Gale
  • South Africa
  • 25 Nov 2007, 16:48
Magnificane... you have composed this so well- love the textures
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gale!
Some good detail in there and well composed as well. Well seen Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les.
Sent you a comment earlier in the day but it doesn't seem to have arrived! Struggling to get to grips with my new computer. I really like the symmetry of this - it's one time when the centring of the subject really works well. Gorgeous glowing colours too. Hope you've recovered from yesterday's shocking revelations!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I'm still in delicious shock, Ingrid. And I did find out from Florence that I wasn't the only one in the dark, which made me feel better! smile Life is so fun! And would you believe that when Donica and I were walking off the plane into Schiphol airport this morning, Mal was passing us to fly back to the UK after spending the weekend with Petra. How delicious is that! smile
The symmetry of this composition is superb Ginnie. The arches allow the main subject to be slap in the middle.
Ginnie Hart: I really appreciate your kind words, Bill. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Nov 2007, 21:45
A great and colourful shot, would have been good for christmas day as well.

Have you tried a closer crop? Let's say portrait style of the tabernacle and the one arch directly below it.
Ginnie Hart: I do think this would work well in portrait layout, Louis. Good idea. It's funny how the 24-105 lens elongates so many of my photos, once the height is filled...and sometimes I forget to crop tighter. I liked the arches in this one and never once thought of a portrait. Anyway, thanks.
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 25 Nov 2007, 22:11
Ah, craftsmanship...sadly we don't make art like this anymore!
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Chris!!! Thanks for the reminder.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 25 Nov 2007, 23:34
That's nice Ginnie.

A lovely picture of a gorgeous piece of sculpture. I like everything about it, the colours and the way the ripples of the arches set the whole thing off.

Beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: If anyone would like it, Ellie, I knew it would be you. We are both drawn to the same things! smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 26 Nov 2007, 07:46
First let me thank you for the lovely comment yesterday. Went out and about so I didn't stay home and dwell on things.
This is a gorgeous photo and a beautiful building. Your travels always produce such nice shots.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your kind words, Aussie. Those anniversaries will always elicit myriad emotions. Trust me, I know!

I feel very lucky to have seen all the things I have seen in my life because of my travels. I do not take any of them for granted! Thank you.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 26 Nov 2007, 09:45
The balance given by the symmetry works just great in this picture. I like the mixture of all the shapes given by the top of thr arches, the wall and the roof and the tabernacle tell us about a time, where art and religion were almost the same thing.
I'm enjoying having this cruise with you smile
Ginnie Hart: You make my sharing of these photos extra special to me, Lina. Thank you ever so much.
I went to Pisa saw the tower but didnt see thi thank you
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage, for stopping by and commenting. I guess I took this photo just for you. smile
I am sure that this precise frame is totally different from the topical photo of the inclined tower that takes all the tourists! I like much since you have seen this!
Ginnie Hart: It was great fun to see something I had never seen before at this famous spot, José Angel. Thanks.
I picked up on this from your link in your comment to Peter today Ginnie. What a fine bit of architectural art/sculpture, not something I have ever seen before in a book or anything else.
Ginnie Hart: It's within view of the leaning tower, Brian. I can remember it as though it were yesterday. Thank you kindly for checking this out!
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 27 Nov 2010, 00:35
This is a superb photo Ginnie....that is some lens you have there.....petersmile

BTW.....I have a new Canon EOS Reble T2S in the mail as well as a good zoom lens.....that gift from Penny covered my Birthday and Christmas combined....now i have to learn how to use it.....petergrin
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thank you, Peter for commenting here. New cameras and lenses are always fun and a good learning curve. I have a macro lens that I still haven't learned how to use. One of these days, maybe?! smile

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