We had a very short visit to Gubbio were we met up with my sister and niece. What a wonderful medieval town and one that I hope to return to one day and explore in more detail. The location across the Cinque Colli (five hills) gives rise to the Gubbio’s emblem which you can see on the red banner hanging in front of the Palazzo dei Consoli.
Gubbio's striking Piazza Grande is dominated by this medieval palazzo, attributed to a local architect known as Gattapone, who is still much admired by today's residents (though some scholars have suggested that the palazzo was in fact the work of another architect, Angelo da Orvieto). In the Middle Ages the Parliament of Gubbio assembled in the palace, which has become a symbol of the town and now houses a museum with a collection famous chiefly for the Tavole Eugubine. These seven bronze tablets are written in the ancient Umbrian language, employing Etruscan and Latin characters, and provide the best key to understanding this obscure tongue. Also in the museum is a fascinating miscellany of rare coins and earthenware pots. A lofty loggia provides exhilarating views over Gubbio's roofscape and beyond. For a few days at the beginning of May, the palace also displays the famous ceri, the ceremonial wooden pillars at the centre of Gubbio's annual festivities.
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tyro (19316) 2014-08-03 5:56
You have written an interesting and informative note and this is a delightful and striking photograph to illustrate it.
An excellent strong composition in which the bright red banner certainly makes a foreground statement and adds depth to what otherwise might have been a somewhat flat image. The inclusion of a few people is good and I especially like the figure dressed in bright red (reflecting the colour of the banner) at the foot of the entrace steps to the palazzo.
Fine composition, lovely light and colours, a fantastic sky and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
dta (64142) 2014-08-03 6:08
Hello Rosemary ,
An impressive palace . MAy be the slight distortion (that works very well in this kind of picture) enhances the effect .
The red banner , with the fine white and blue sky , add interest to the view .
snunney (80731) 2014-08-03 6:08
The long red banner plays an important part in the composition offering some strong contrasting colour. I like the head-on point of view with the steep steps helping to draw the viewer into the scene. Top class technical quality. A most impressive building whoever designed it.
asajernigan (20906) 2014-08-03 6:36
This is a well composed shot of the castle. The vertical format works well allowing us to have close up sharpness and detail. The red flag adds a nice splash of color for the scene. The lighting and colors are great as is the sharpness.
Royaldevon (27611) 2014-08-03 6:45
The red banner plays an important part in your photograph, both as a focal point as to create a sense of depth. It is strongly placed and links very naturally with the palace, which is nicely detailed.
Isn't it amazing that these buildings look so beautiful and survived for centuries! The doorway must have taken very skilled craftsmen a long time to complete! A real sign of power and wealth!
Have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (22128) 2014-08-03 7:15
This bright banner reminded me of the prayer flags of Tibet, so prominent in the scene, and beautifully so. To have it portrayed against this so impressive castle behinds just a major bonus. The texture you captured in the walls of the castle is really superb too. Very nice capture of the face in the clouds above the castle, from the thumbnail it looks like a woman but in clicking on the picture it looks more like a grumpy old man. Thanks for a cool picture and note.
All the best
Silvio1953 (118330) 2014-08-03 7:50
Ciao Rosemary, gran bella vista del palazzo dei consoli, bella composizione col gonfalone in primo piao, fantastico cielo, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e magnificicolori, brava, ciao Silvio
holmertz (38697) 2014-08-03 8:09
This is a beautiful palace, the clouds are very pretty and you were able to use the red banner as a very striking foreground. What impresses me so much with Italy is that there are probably hundreds - maybe thousands - of similarly well preserved medieval palaces and churches scattered all over the country, not to mention everything remaining from the Roman empire.
abmdsudi (41284) 2014-08-03 9:19
A great shot, apart form the apparent quality of the edifice, the dramatic angle - viewpoint makes the commanding structure look so solid & massive. The colours are sumptuous and stands out to blue background and addition of the red flag liven the shot to greater height. A remarkable catch, Congrats
jjcordier (74564) 2014-08-03 22:44
Bonne image de ce palais médiéval. Je suis un peu partagé sur la présence de la bannière. Certes, sa couleur rouge contraste bien avec le beau ciel bleu mais le poteau qui la soutient n'est pas très esthétique.
carlo62 (29483) 2014-08-04 1:23
che bello, non sapevo che ti saresti incontrata con tua sorella e tua nipote, soprattutto in uno scenario così splendido.
Il palazzo è veramente bello e tu hai aggiunto il banner rosso e un cielo meraviglioso alla tua composizione.
Nicou (118192) 2014-08-04 2:22
Avec ce drapeau tout rouge quelle image et captage quel édifice superbe avec les deux tour médiévale quel contraste et rendu sur la pierre superbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (46547) 2014-08-04 4:04
this looks wonderful! What an impressive building. I like the way you have composed and captured this, with the red banner being so striking but not taking anything away from the majesty and beauty of this beautiful palazzo. Superb!
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
williewhistler (13149) 2014-08-04 4:13
even without the striking red banner this is such an interesting shot,with the herring bone pattern on the ground and the so impressive Castle there is lots to enjoy.
Warm regards Les.
bukitgolfb301 (34932) 2014-08-04 18:24
Hi dear Rosemary, how are you?
Another stunnnig shot via so reasonable framework and very vivid color contarst. sharp and clear presentation is as your trademark as usual.
So eye-catching image indeed, Bravo!
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
emka (75143) 2014-08-06 21:37
Hello Rosemary, I am amazed what places you visited in your Italian trip. Yes, in Italy the smallest town in the middle of nowhere is a gem that in other country would be famous. fabulous medieval palazzo and superb composition with this striking red banner. Superb capture.
But a pity you didn't visited Rome...
Warm regrads MAlgo.
adores (35106) 2014-08-10 12:46
Looking at this old palace, I believe the town must be really worth a long visit. The palace is old and beautiful and the red banner is perfect and very eye catching. Beautiful sky also.