We have already seen the busts and the reliefs of our Council chamber, today we are looking at its only painting. It is a large oil on canvas (cm 165 x 255) titled “Veduta di Livorno dalla parte del Fanale” (View of Livorno from the side of the Lighthouse) dated in the first half of the 18th century and attributed to the Florentine painter Lorenzo Fratellini.
Usually it would be hard to call a friend someone who you have never met, but this was not the case with our fellow blogger Birdman, from Portland, Maine. Sadly I am saying ‘was’ because, as most of us already know, he passed away suddenly last Sunday. Here you can read his last post, brilliant as always. May he rest in peace, we will miss his stories and his comments.
A detail of a portolan chart of the Mediterranean Sea dated around 1500-1600. You can find Livorno (here spelled Ligorni) and slightly on the south you can see a small village called Vada, which happens to be my birthplace. The link to the original chart is on the website of the Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain).
It is again time of “Harborea”, the an annual garden fair organized by the Garden Club Livorno at Villa Mimbelli. The theme of the fifth edition is still: “Festa delle Piante e dei Giardini d'Oltremare” (Festival of the Plants and Gardens from Overseas).
You can see, and eventually buy, an interesting assortment of plants and garden-related merchandise.
Next week we will see something more of this interesting event...