These are a hastily snapped couple of shots. I could not resist the contrast of the small boy and the enormous doors. I think he was as fascinated by them as I was. I have uploaded an alternative view of the scene which shows the height and carved detail of the doors in total.
Florence's Santa Croce Basilica is truly unique, not only for the beauty of its Gothic style, but for the famous works of art within. Just as unique are the church's external decorations, in this instance, the wooden doors to its entrance.
The doors are thought to have been carved by Giuliano da Sangallo * from 1470-1478 and feature a series of five symmetrical panels on either side, which are joined by very delicate floral carvings, giving an impression of immense depth and detail.
The first panels show two lambs surrounded by greenery, underneath are an urn and a bound book, beneath which the figure of a woman resembling Mary Magdalene and a bishop sporting a miter and crosier reside. Beneath these carvings is another urn and a crucifix surround by foliage. Most surprising, are the many miniature faceless heads that jut out of the door. Their lack of features gives them a sinister quality.
Not much has been written about the door of Santa Croce's famous church, though there is no doubt some fine craftsmanship evident in the rich religious symbols found upon it.
Here is a larger version
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mesutilgim (82324) 2014-05-28 12:01
Very well observed and captured ! A small boy overwhelmed by this huge door. Perfect pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
siolaw (38262) 2014-05-28 12:14
The boy looks real tiny in this gigantic surroundings... He brings life to the magnificent door of this palace.
Well spotted !
emka (76433) 2014-05-28 13:33
Hello Rosemary, the sitting boy is essential here, we wouldn't guess that this door is so big. Superb compositon and very good sharpness allowing to see many details of this masterpiece.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2014-05-28 14:14
Right away I think of Alice in wonderland when I see this, the boy seems so tiny in comparison to these massive doors. A beautiful scene with perfect symettry and really impressive scale, brought about by the little kid sitting there. This is a vy intriguing scene as the size of the doors make me wonder a lot, and as you say in your note, the amount of skill in their creation is evident. Love the workshop too, an incredibly impressive place.
You say there is nt much written on the doors, this post is a fine contribution to what is available to learn.
I hope all is well with you and yours.
carlo62 (30583) 2014-05-28 15:43
hai fatto proprio bene a proporci questi scatti, sono belli e delicati, sia per la qualità delle opere, sia per la presenza del bambino.
Sinceramente preferisco la foto del ws, le porte sembrano ancora più grandi e la posizione del bambino sembra quasi di supplica per poterle aprire.
npecanhuk (63594) 2014-05-28 18:52
That's such a beautiful picture!
Great idea and photo job!
Sharpness, exposure, colors and, above all, chosen pov, horizontal format and symmetrical composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
shreya2000 (1045) 2014-05-28 22:34
The boy seems to be thinking deeply. Very good picture showing the architecture. Good colours and composition.
jemaflor (83014) 2014-05-28 23:39
Well composed with this boy, great details of this beautiful architecture and door, bravo for this original photo.
jjcordier (75174) 2014-05-28 23:46
Finalement, je crois que je préfère la version du WS avec la porte en entier qui donne l'illusion que le petit bonhomme entre dans une maison de géant.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-05-29 0:13
no wonder you couldn't resist the scene - it's great and full of charm. The little boy definitely gives us a sense of scale and adds very cute detail to the composition which is very well planned and proportioned. I love the door and its fine decorations which provided such interesting and beautiful background.
Great colors too.
Thanks for sharing and all the best
Royaldevon (28449) 2014-05-29 2:08
Oh, what a shot!
It just plucks at your heart strings!
The setting has such beauty, with its rich carvings, materials and colours, yet ... this small child transcends all those!
A wonderful moment, only a photographer would have noticed!
Have a great day,
snunney (81849) 2014-05-29 2:41
A charming capture this. Nicely framed with superb colours and detail. Excellent idea to include the little boy. Very well observed.
siudzi (33005) 2014-05-29 3:02
All Florance basilicas are amazing, don't you think? I love this capture of a cute boy sitting and playing in front of the huge church's doors. Really eye-catching moment very well taken. TFS!
timecapturer (47486) 2014-05-29 5:29
love this! It is so unusual, unique and captivating. A superbly creative study that is full of impact and beauty. Bravo!
Gigidusud (14705) 2014-05-29 7:46
Excellent framing and great presentation of the big door. Impressive contrast with the little boy sitting in front! Great another version in the WS. Well done!
lousat (75049) 2014-05-29 8:55
Hi Rosemary.Absolutely fantastic this capture from Santa Croce!! What a quality of detail and colors and what a surround effect create bu the facades around the boy,a great idea and a great result,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
worldcitizen (6733) 2014-05-29 11:30
What a great scene! The contrast in size, and the sheer beauty of these doors, are wonderful. The contrast and colors are rich and warm, and we can enjoy all of the artistic details. I like the crop, too. Very nice!
Nicou (119507) 2014-05-29 18:49
Merveilleuse iamge et compo ce petit gaçon devant cette immense porte de bois quelle vue et captage quelle iamge et compo une splendeur sueprbe captage et vue.
Bravo et amitié
chawax (19078) 2014-05-30 3:08
A little distorsion in your picture, but I love the idea you had using the constrast between this little boy and the huge door. The symetric pov is very nice and the textures are very beautiful.
Have a nice day,
delpeoples (52929) 2014-05-30 8:50
Ciao cara Rosemary
A delightful shot of this beautiful church dwarfing the little boy who sits pensively at its foot. The rich colours are delightful, as are the geometries in the mosaics and wooden doors. I like the tight framing and much prefer this to the Workshop, which is beautiful too, but less artistic IMHO.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-05-30 12:00
Superb shot of the small boy sitting infront of the big door.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
jcpix (13404) 2014-05-30 20:27
I'm really off my game, I've completely missed your return...but am happy to get caught up with your pictures. :) For a hastily snapped picture, you turned out a superb image! While most everyone goes for the grand, full view shot of the famous Duomo, you found something much more compelling with this little boy sitting in front of the massive doors. A highly commendable picture, kudos for looking past the obvious to put together this beauty. Rich in color and content. Happy to have you back , and looking forward to what you've captured. Have a wonderful weekend. Take good care.
Cricri (104461) 2014-05-31 10:20
J'aime les deux versions, celle ci ou le petit bonhomme assit devant cette immense porte, l'autre en WS comme s'il voulait entrée, la porte en entière est très belle, deux belles réalisation
abmdsudi (41998) 2014-05-31 18:17
Great angle and POV, undoubtedly the eye is drawn naturally to centre of image, the incredibly eye popping old doors packed by enormous detail around to feast the eyes. The colour and contrast are pleasant, great symmetry and perspective while imagining the doors' hugh size as compared to the fig. It's an amazing capture with interesting narratives, a fine architectural piece given its age really looks so commanding. Superb shot and cool on the eyes. Congrats
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-06-01 2:39
this is fantastic composition and really excellent juxtaposition.Boy in front of huge(really!)door.I think you couldn´t imagine more appropriate "model" for this shot.His appearance here is crucial and makes the whole scene so unique and moody.
Wish You a nice sunday
Silvio1953 (119639) 2014-06-04 11:54
Ciao Rosemary, I'm waiting for your photo from Castelluccio :), lovely composition with cute boy and great door, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Wanda1 (14980) 2014-06-08 23:56
The boy is completely dwarfed by the huge door and its fantastic decorativeness. I like that you have taken him in the shot as it really gives a good sense of the immense size. I like the contrast of all the different details and textures from the tiles to the door to the walls, its just beauty all around.
Curious_Eye (1000) 2014-06-28 6:55
One of the things I appreciate about photography is that it favours those who don't hesitate. Then we are rewarded with images such as yours. The details of the carvings and the mosaics convey the grandeur of the place, but it is the boy that makes it a special capture. Congratulations!
With warm regards,
adores (35693) 2014-06-28 16:29
This one is great, not just because of the amazing contrast, but also because of the details of the door, walls and pavement. The little boy seems so small and so lonely there. Good quality shot!