38 thoughts on “From Churches in Italy: Lines and squares

  1. Such amazing detailed works of art! The designs, lines, shapes, textures, and colours are so beautiful! Wonderful captures, Rupali! I feel like I am right there…looking up…and listening to the soul-stirring organ music! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kate.

      Recently I was reading the Autobiography of Mark Twain, He live din Florence for a period and according to him
      “As far as I can see, Italy, for fifteen hundred years, has turned all her energies, all her finances, and all her industry to the building up of a vast array of wonderful church edifices, and starving half her citizens to accomplish it. She is today one vast museum of magnificence and misery. All the churches in an ordinary American city put together could hardly buy the jeweled frippery in one of her hundred cathedrals. And for every beggar in America, Italy can show a hundred – and rags and vermin to match. It is the wretchedest, princeliest land on earth.
      Look at the grande Doumo of Florence – a vast pile that has been sapping the purses of her citizens for five hundred years, and is not nearly finished yet. Like all other men,
      I fell down and worshiped it, but when the filthy beggars swarmed around me the contrast was too striking, too suggestive, and I said. “Oh, sons of classic Italy, is the spirit of enterprise, of self-reliance, of noble endeavor, utterly dead within ye? Curse your indolent worthlessness, why don’t you rob your church?”

      I didn’t want to spoil my post and hence decided not to include. But I have no problem in sharing it with you 😊

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