A couple of weeks ago, a friend alerted me to the possibility of a visit to Palazzo Barbaro. No photos were permitted inside the palazzo, but I did finally clap my eyes on the strange objects that someone had posted on another site, and which puzzled all of us. Since they are in the cortile, photos were permitted.
Not very pretty boys
Does anyone have any fresh ideas about their purpose? They’re quite large, maybe 50-60 cm tall. They are quite high up on the walls, it is hard to get the perspective correct. The hook shaped protuberances at the back of the heads look like they could support a rod of some type, between the two ‘things’.
Then, last Sunday Daniela and her husband invited me to have a look at the Palladian Villa di Maser http://www.villadimaser.it/en After we toured this extraordinary villa, which was built for the Barbaro family, we drove to Asolo for some tea (the women) and spritz (the man). And, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a …
I went back to the Foundry Valese a couple of weeks ago for another fusion session. I particularly like this photo which shows the heat of the molten metal (and the steadiness of Carlo’s hands).
And, the deft twists of the rope that holds the vaporetto to the mooring post is another fascinating thing to observe. Here’s a finished product. It looks so darn easy!
To read more about the Palazzo Barbaro, visit the Venezia blog: http://veneziablog.blogspot.it/2013/03/a-visit-to-ca-barbaro_27.html , and the Villa di Maser http://www.villadimaser.it/en
And, more about that wonderful foundry, here: https://ytaba36.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/the-story-continues/ and https://ytaba36.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/that-fascinating-foundry-part-2/