How to move marble from the quarry, the old-fashioned way

Two oxen pull a cart with a block of marble on the rails

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Two oxen pull a cart with a block of marble on the rails

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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Photographer:

Unidentified Author

Image date:

1920-1930

Place of photography

Massa Carrara

Collection:

Fratelli Alinari Museum Collections-Falzone del Ba

The quarries of Carrara

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The quarries of Carrara

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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Photographer:

BPC

Image date:

27/09/1918

Place of photography

Carrara

Collection:

Fratelli Alinari Museum Collections, Florence

 

"Marina di Carrara, a ship under load": vessel used for transporting marble

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“Marina di Carrara, a ship under load”: vessel used for transporting marble

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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Unidentified Author

Image date:

1915 – 1925

Place of photography

Carrara, Marina di Carrara

Collection:

Fratelli Alinari Museum Collections, Florence

"Marina di Carrara, Carico dei Velieri": marble blocks ready to be loaded on a ship

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“Marina di Carrara, Carico dei Velieri”: marble blocks ready to be loaded on a ship

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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BPC

Image date:

1915-1920

Place of photography

Carrara

Collection:

Fratelli Alinari Museum Collections, Florence

"Carrara - Exterior of the Laboratory of the Comm. Carlo Nicoli, block of 52 tons": a block of marble transported in the laboratory

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“Carrara – Exterior of the Laboratory of the Comm. Carlo Nicoli, block of 52 tons”: a block of marble transported in the laboratory

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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BPC

Image date:

1915 – 1925

Place of photography

Carrara

Collection:

Fratelli Alinari Museum Collections, Florence

"Carrara - Miners on the Tecchia": quarriers on the Apuane

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“Carrara – Miners on the Tecchia”: quarriers on the Apuane

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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Photographer:

G.B.P. – Carrara

Image date:

1915-1920

Place of photography

Carrara

Collection:

Fratelli Alinari Museum Collections, Florence

Famous 19th-century Americans in Florence: Horatio Greenough, sculptor

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From the book by Clara Louise Dentler: Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 3.30.23 PM

 

Where Greenough lived, worked, or exhibited in Florence:

  1. in a villa a mile out of Florence, thought to be opposite the Collegio della Querce on Via Piazzola
  2. he built a beautiful octagonal studio for the exhibition of his works at the corner of Piazza della Liberta’ (then called Piazza Maria Antonietta) and Via Santa Caterina
  3. places he lived include Casa le Blanc on Costa San GiorgioPalazzo Pucci-Baciocchi on Via de’ Pucci; and the popular Villa Brichieri.

 

 

Ferragosto in Italy, 15 August 2018

Yesterday was a national holiday in Italy, and the section of Florence in which I live was as empty and quiet as an abandoned city.  Not so every other day of the year!

It’s Ferragosto in Italy – a national holiday whose history has both Roman and Catholic roots. The Latin origin of the name indicates it was the holiday of the Emperor Augustus.

For the church it is the Assumption of Mary into heaven.

Today, it stands for vacation – and most people (who aren’t there already) head to the beach.

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But this year the weather is not cooperating. After a very hot beginning of the month, at least the thunderstorms brought a drop in temperatures.

In Tuscany the weather should be back on track by tomorrow.

You can read more about the custom of Ferragosto here: http://www.arttrav.com/it/august-in-italy/