Chile is full of stunning street art.
Throughout Chile, large and small towns, are decorated with amazing open-air art, that is valued by the country and citizenry.
In Punta Arenas for example, the local government issued a statement saying that street art, “is a cultural manifestation, scenery which makes the walls more attractive and vital.”
The Punta Arenas city council actually financed a 400 metre section of street art.
They actively encourage street art in other parts of this most charming southerly city.
Santiago, Valparaiso, and Puerto Montt, all have a plethora of amazing open-air art.
Post the repressive Pinochet regime,
Chilean citizens exuberantly embrace and exercise their artistic talent and freedom of expression.
Walking amidst these amazing street art displays, is a wonderful experience.
Cheers to you with Chile’s stunning open-air art~
We stayed in the Hotel Corbeau nearby that was similar in style and built in 1528.
The museum homes are filled with over 5000 artifacts depicting everyday life.
Hand carved and painted woodwork is especially charming as you see in this very cozy bed.
Flour mill spouts attest to the emphasis placed on artistry in everyday living.
Many homes of this era contained family businesses like this old pharmacy.
These are foundling fotos. (Hotel stairway, Lisbon).
Photos I don’t have a place for. (Selfridges elevator, Museum of London).
They stand alone. (Mask shop, Venice).
Unique in themselves. (Slava Ilyayev seriagraph, Budapest).
Somehow they form connection. (Gaudi’s buildings, Barcelona).
A match made of artistry. (Palau Guell, Barcelona).
Cheers to you from beauty that stands alone. (Pier, Corfu)~
Note: Photos 2 & 4 make nice desktop backgrounds. Feel free to use them if you want a change.
I will not lie. She is way too crowded, and these are some of the reasons why.
These are ceiling shots of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco which opened in 1478 and was named after the patron saint of plague victims. The scuola (school) was a brotherhood of citizens devoted to charitable welfare.
Tintoretto was eventually a member of the brotherhood, and his paintings cover much of the interiors.
How this happened is interesting. There was a competition among artists (including Veronese), to determine who would paint the interiors. They were asked to submit sketches. While the other artists busily worked on their sketches, Tintoretto, installed one of his completed paintings in the scuola. (1) The result is history!
Titian also has artwork here.
This is the adjacent Chiesa San Rocco, a Venetian version of a modest little chapel.
They take churches very seriously in Venice. There are 139 of them! They provide a weary tourist wonderful respite from “the madding crowd.”
Cheers to you from Venice and her stunning quiet corners~
Portugal’s iconic blue and white hand painted tiles are called azulejos.
Arabs brought the art of tile making to Portugal, and to Spain, along with the artistic tradition of “horror vacui,” the disdain for empty or plain spaces. The result of this Islamic Arabic artistic influence can be seen in the stunningly creative tile work covering the empty spaces of both Spain and Portugal.
The first classic blue and white tiles were made in Portugal in the 1500’s.
By the 17th century, yellow was added to create the stunning blue, white and yellow combination.
Cheers to you from Portugal’s beautiful azulejos~
It is amazing to consider that each tile,
created by ordinary human beings,
recognize what we all are capable of.
Cheers to you from Portugal’s enduring art & artisans~
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with the added benefit of French dessert!
Cheers to you from beautiful Alsace~