Marty’s photo of the day #4321: Don’t look Florida! This is “Hercules and the Centaur Nessus,” a marble statue by the Flemish-Italian artist Giambologna. He created it between 1595 and 1599 out of a single block of marble. Can you imagine how long it took to carve Hercules’s penis? Tap just a little too hard […]
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Marty’s photo of the day #4320: When in Europe, Deb and I make it a point to visit churches. We don’t do it for religious reasons, but instead because they double as art museums. In 2018, while in Florence, Italy, we visited a Catholic church that featured multiple nude statues that were just fine for […]
Marty’s photo of the day #4315: Every time I get embarrassed about living in the backward state of Montana, some other primitive state, such as Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Mississippi, or Florida reminds me, “Hey, it could be worse.” I’m sure many of you saw the story about the Florida principal who got fired for allowing […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3845: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3836: This is a small part of the Santa Maria del Fiore (the Florence Cathedral) in Florence, Italy. It is the third largest church in the world. I love all the great old Catholic churches in Europe, with their spectacular architecture and artwork. Still, every time I admire these great […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3827: This is Giotto’s Campanile (Giotto’s Bell Tower) in Florence, Italy. The building of the 278 foot-tall tower began in 1334 and it was completed in 1359.
Marty’s photo of the day #3781: Florence, Italy at night (December 2018), all decked out for Christmas.
Marty’s photo of the day #3556: Florence, Italy has statues everywhere, and like this one, I found them more dramatic to photograph at night. Remember in 2002, when U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft had a drape installed to cover the nude breast of the Lady Justice statue? John Ashcroft (and fakers like him) should most […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3099: When Deb and I were in Italy a year ago, Florence was one of our stops. This is Duomo di Firenze (The Florence Cathedral). Actually, it’s just a small part of the massive complex. Without an airplane or a hot air balloon, it was literally impossible to get back […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3015: Deb and I were in Italy this past December. It was a concert by Within Temptation (from the Netherlands) that brought us to the country, but we did a lot more than just see one of the best rock bands on the planet. This is the Ponte Santa Trinita […]
Marty’s photo of the day #2751: While in Italy, I spent quite a bit of time comparing and contrasting the country to the United States. Here are my observations for today—probably letting on a bit too much how my mind works: In Italy, the toilets in most public restrooms do not have seats. This guarantees […]
Marty’s photo of the day #2743: Greetings from Genova, Italy! Deb and I spent a big part of our day lost. Basically, our GPS wasn’t quite precise enough to direct us on the turns we needed to make. Then we had to leave our car in a parking ramp and walk about a half-mile to […]
Marty’s photo of the day #2742: Greetings from Florence, Italy! Tonight Deb and I are staying in an old convent that has been converted into a B&B. Outside our window is the Palazzo Vecchio castle. This photo is from earlier today in Venice. Deb and I stopped by Luigi Becilacqua workshop, where Deb conducted an […]