A close-up on the façade of Milan Cathedral.
Some snippets from Wikipedia:
On May 20, 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte, about to be crowned King of Italy, ordered the façade to be finished by Carlo Pellicani. In his enthusiasm, he assured that all expenses would fall to the French treasurer, who would reimburse the Fabbrica for the real estate it had to sell. Even though this reimbursement was never paid, it still meant that finally, within only seven years, the Cathedral had its façade completed. The new architect, Carlo Pellicani Junior, largely followed Buzzi's project, adding some neo-Gothic details to the upper windows. As a form of thanksgiving, a statue of Napoleon was placed at the top of one of the spires. Napoleon was crowned King of Italy at the Duomo.
In the following years, most of the missing arches and spires were constructed. The statues on the southern wall were also finished, while in 1829-1858, new stained glass windows replaced the old ones, though with less aesthetically significant results.
The last details of the cathedral were finished only in the 20th century: the last gate was inaugurated on January 6, 1965. This date is considered the very end of a process which had proceeded for generations, although even now, some un-carved blocks remain to be completed as statues. The Duomo's main façade went under renovation from 2003 to early 2009: as of February 2009, it has been completely uncovered, showing again the colours of the Candoglia marble.
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delpeoples (58804) 2014-05-12 0:36
I like the tight framing here and your choice of B&W. The details have been highlighted beautifully through both those choices. Excellent perspective and sharpness and of course the beauty and elegance of the place is patent.
Warmest wishes, have a good Monday
lousat (93564) 2014-05-12 0:43
Salut Steph,tres belle idee' a la recherche des details de la facade du Duomo,la qualite' est vraiment excellente dans la meilleure exposition,un nouveau travail super depuis ma ville! Belle semaine et merci,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (32084) 2014-05-12 0:44
A beautiful black and white, the tones in this are really beautiful. One thing that I really love here is the emphasis on the height, and the way the whole image seems to draw the eye upwards, which I believe is exactly what the purpose of these great buildings was, to draw the eye upwards to heaven. The two statues seem to be welcoming the eye to follow the lines and look to the heavens. Amazing detail everywhere too.
Thanks as always
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-12 1:45
Love the details.
TFS. Have a great day.
besnard (56641) 2014-05-12 1:49
Une bonne prise rapprochée qui nous permet de vous toute la richesse de l'architecture. Le choix du noir et blanc est judicieux.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-12 2:44
striking upwards POV this, with so much intricate and beautiful detail clearly visible. Looks all the more spellbinding in this monochrome version. Like this capture a lot!
Have a good week - B.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-05-12 4:39
without the distraction of colour we are able to study and enjoy all of the delicate and ornate features of the Cathedrals façade.
There is a good range of tones to complement the fine clarity.
Sergiom (82729) 2014-05-12 5:08
Une contre plongée très impressionnante qui donne encore plus d'ampleur à la célèbre cathédrale. L'utilisation du noir et blanc lui donne une petite allure grisâtre.
Nicou (145072) 2014-05-12 5:26
Quelle façade et présentation sueprbe quel cadrage tous ces détail architecturaux qui ressortent et ce rendu sur la peirre sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-05-12 5:47
Une belle contre-plongée qui nous permet d'admirer tout les détails de cette belle architecture. Très bon choix la B&W version!
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-05-12 10:42
an effective photo of this old architecture, great details and the POV is attractive,nice b&w image,
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-05-12 14:12
quelle magnifique architecture. Très bon choix du N&B.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (101554)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-00
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-11 23:52