En garde

This fiercely proud lion stands guard in the Musée d’Orsay, on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. Notice the even fiercer lion standing guard behind him.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads

Looking down on the tourists

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘sculpture’. I certainly have no shortage of images to choose from to fit in with that, but I decided to go with this close-up from Barzaghi’s  1882 ‘Monument to Nicoló Tommaseo’, who looks down on the passing hordes with faint amusement from his plinth in Campo Santo Stefano in Venice. The detail is extraordinary.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sculpture

A bed of roses?

Back in July I visited the village of Doue La Fontaine during its annual rose festival. As well as displaying a huge number of different varieties of rose, there was also an exhibition of sculptures made up of roses, such as this deckchair:

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge: Things People Grow

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Shape

I was intrigued by the unusual shapes of this piece of sculpture that I saw, rather improbably, in the Tapestry Museum in Aubusson.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Shape

Tuesdays of Texture: Sculpted Saints

Lots of texture in this detail of a selection of saints to be found at Chartres Cathedral:

More submissions to Narami’s weekly challenge can be found here

Tuesdays of Texture: Frog

This is a detail of a metal sculpture that’s part of a water feature to be found in the old part of Sydney, down by Circular Quay.

There’s plenty of texture to be had, but I particularly like the way that the arc of water echoes the curve of the metalwork.

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Tuesdays of Texture: Week 3 of 2017

Roman Head

I saw this striking carved head on display in the museum attached to the Argentomagus archaeological site – a Roman town built over an Iron Age village –  in the Indre département of central France.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures

Thursday Doors: Chartres

There’s more than one way to look at a door, as this image illustrates. This is one of the massive doors of Chartres Cathedral – as seen by a mouse, perhaps.

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As a free gift, here’s another door from Chartres, which I used in a recent post on Vertical Lines for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge.

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Thursday Doors November 26th 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

This photograph was taken at Circular Quay in Sydney, and is a detail from a sculpture depicting a settler family. It’s one of a series that commemorates Australia’s early days.

Trio

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

Art in the service of religion

In response to this week’s Black & White Challenge from Cee, here is an image of the extraordinarily intricate carving above the great door of Chartres Cathedral.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge