Hunting for minimal details...somewhere inside the santa catalina monastry
The Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a cloistered convent located in Arequipa, Peru. It was built in 1580 and was enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery is predominantly of the Mudéjar style, and is characterised by the vividly painted walls. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery is open to the public.
The founder of the monastery was a rich widow, Maria de Guzman. The tradition of the time indicated that the second son or daughter of a family would enter religious service, and the convent accepted only women from high-class Spanish families. Each nun at Santa Catalina had between one and four servants or slaves, and the nuns invited musicians to perform in the convent, gave parties and generally lived a lavish lifestyle. Each family paid a dowry at their daughter's entrance to the convent, and the dowry owed to gain the highest status, indicated by wearing a black veil, was 2,400 silver coins, equivalent to US$50,000 today. The nuns were also required to bring 25 listed items, including a statue, a painting, a lamp and clothes. The wealthiest nuns may have brought fine English china and silk curtains and rugs. Although it was possible for poorer nuns to enter the convent without paying a dowry, it can be seen from the cells that most of the nuns were very wealthy.
In 1871 Sister Josefa Cadena, a strict Dominican nun, was sent by Pope Pius IX to reform the monastery. She sent the rich dowries back to Europe, and freed all the servants and slaves, giving them the choice of remaining as nuns or leaving. In addition to the stories of outrageous wealth, there are tales of nuns becoming pregnant, and amazingly of the skeleton of a baby being discovered encased in a wall. This, in fact, did not happen in Santa Catalina, and there are rumours of the same story in the nearby Santa Rosa convent, as well.
The convent once housed approximately 450 people (about a third of them nuns and the rest servants) in a cloistered community. In the 1960s, it was struck twice by earthquakes, severely damaging the structures, and forcing the nuns to build new accommodation next door. It was then restored and opened to the public. This also helped pay for the installation of electricity and running water, as required by law
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cargus (10053) 2011-11-29 8:02
Intéressant scène architecturale bien joué ,des couleurs naturelles et l’exposition sont excellents... image bien fait.!!
dta (74789) 2011-11-29 8:13
Ciao Silvio ,
Like this kind of architectural detail . The texture of the old white wall is superb . Excellent effect of the window open on a red wall .
peppe59 (14551) 2011-11-29 8:50
bellissimo questo contrasto del rosso con il bianco, molto carina la finestra e i fiori davanti o meglio a lato, molto d'impatto.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-11-29 9:59
Ola Silvio ,
Muito bonita esta tua foto com esta fachada desta casa mediterrânica de parede branca com este vaso e janela , bonita a textura da parede irregular , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
cornejo (39269) 2011-11-29 10:21
Hello Silvio, a beautiful minimalist composition, good photo with well composed and interesting textures clearly done, good job friend, my congratulations. Good night and happy week. Tfs.
siudzi (34141) 2011-11-29 13:02
What a lovely detail you have found and captured! Really amazing view with superb textures presentation, excellent light management and sharpness. Very well done!
francio64 (39864) 2011-11-29 13:35
è talmente bianco questo muro che sembra quasi di ghiaccio.
Bello il dettaglio della pianta appesa e ottimno il contrasto cromatico tra il bianco dell'intonaco e il rosso della finestra.
saxo042 (37792) 2011-11-29 14:25
The light falls very attractively on the structured wall surface, enhancing all irregularitiesof the white painted stones. A very simple but effectful composition with these few items. Beautiful!
sacimar (26205) 2011-11-29 21:38
good minimalism you captured here, I like the image with these elements, the result is attractive, well seen,
npecanhuk (73490) 2011-11-30 4:03
Wonderful minimalist composition!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure and colors are also highlights!
TFS - congrats,
Atousa (7131) 2011-11-30 8:16
Very pleasant shot.. lovely texture n colors.. well seen n captured.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
TopGeo (38216) 2011-12-01 14:06
Hello Silvio, Excellent details and idea! a beautiful minimalist composition, Perfect frame, well done
josepmarin (58325) 2011-12-01 23:59
buena composición minimalista, en la que has buscado un encuadre muy efectivo para captar el grafismo de la ventana y de la maceta con flores colgada en la fachada.
Has utilizado muy hábilmente el bonito efecto de la luz y las sombras sobre la pared blanca, y el fuerte contraste con los tonos rojos en la ventana, para obtener un gran resultado estético.
Es una bella foto, realizada impecablemente.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-12-02 11:23
questo rosso pasionario lo associo a fatica ad un muro in un monastero,;-) però ti credo e mi piace pure molto. contrasti forti per una resa quasi materica delle superfici, e una scelta compositiva davvero molto buona.
buon fine settimana e un saluto
emka (91492) 2011-12-03 4:45
Ciao Silvio skarbie,
Beautiful details from Santa Cataline, well cropped and well captured the texture of the white wall.
Warm regards from Burma
mesutilgim (92308) 2011-12-06 12:29
Another masterpiece in your gallery. Quite simple but great effect.
Many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
mauro61 (52855) 2011-12-10 12:03
immagine semplice e ben curata con il muro bianco su cui si staglia il vaso.
Ottimo inserimento della piccola finestra unico elemento di composizione con il vaso.
angel66 (1006) 2012-02-14 12:34
bella per la sua semplicità La serietà della finestra e l'allegria del vaso di fiori. Colori contrastanti convivono forse come le suore e i loro servi? :-)
Bella! Interessante e divertente la nota.
COSTANTINO (62601) 2012-04-26 11:50
simple but nice shot with delicate
decoration,beautiful minimalist composition
dynamic contrast between white and open red
window,excellent light management
- Copyright: Silvio Garda (Jeppo) (17645)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): eyes of a home [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-29 7:18