The Cranky Professor

Western Civilization - you know, it's always about to end.
Looking forward to seeing my hens’n’chicks when I get home…if the neighbor taking care of my plants hasn’t killed them!

Looking forward to seeing my hens’n’chicks when I get home…if the neighbor taking care of my plants hasn’t killed them!

(Source: 1991-13, via darkcloudsbrightskies)

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Detail from the Pianta Grande di Roma, now universally known as the Nolli Map, by Giambattista Nolli. Nolli began surveying in 1736 and engraved the map in 1748.
Using a figure-ground representation of built space with blocks and building shaded in a dark poché, Nolli represents enclosed public spaces such as the colonnades in St. Peter’s Square and the Pantheon as open civic spaces. The map was a significant improvement in accuracy, even noting the asymmetry of the Spanish Steps. The map was used in government planning for the city of Rome until the 1970s. (Source: Wikipedia)

My class is using this to figure out the changes since the 1870s.

drawingdetail:

Detail from the Pianta Grande di Roma, now universally known as the Nolli Map, by Giambattista Nolli. Nolli began surveying in 1736 and engraved the map in 1748.

Using a figure-ground representation of built space with blocks and building shaded in a dark poché, Nolli represents enclosed public spaces such as the colonnades in St. Peter’s Square and the Pantheon as open civic spaces. The map was a significant improvement in accuracy, even noting the asymmetry of the Spanish Steps. The map was used in government planning for the city of Rome until the 1970s. (Source: Wikipedia)

My class is using this to figure out the changes since the 1870s.

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Monti Silvestri Clock // Studio Formafantasma

Stunning clock with brass fittings that tells time through a bed of volcanic rock set on a bed of basalt from Sicily’s Mount Etna.

Clocks are machines for standing vertically over and looking down to see the time - NOT.

(Source: mocoloco.com)

Above, Borromini, San Carlo alle quattro fontane, 1638-41

Below, Raphael, Sant’Eligio degli orefici, 1510

Compare and contrast.

Sant’Eligio degli orefici, dome on Flickr.
Raphael’s only surviving building. Renaissance perfection. Hard to visit - the church is never open except for scheduled events (it’s mainly used as a conference hall, now). Try banging on the door with the Orefici sign (gold workers) and tipping the attendant - since we were a group we had a reservation.

Sant’Eligio degli orefici, dome on Flickr.

Raphael’s only surviving building. Renaissance perfection. Hard to visit - the church is never open except for scheduled events (it’s mainly used as a conference hall, now). Try banging on the door with the Orefici sign (gold workers) and tipping the attendant - since we were a group we had a reservation.