... Welcome To Rome ...
.. A City of Contrasts..
A carousel ride of crazy sharing house with the crazy beautiful.
.. Today I'll ease you into it by starting softly with the crazy beautiful ..
Angels of Ponte Sant'Angelo
For over four hundred years these celestial sentinels have stood silently in wait. Ten angels armed with the 'instruments of the passion', they guide and protect pilgrims on their way to the Vatican City. However, for this pilgrim, the angels themselves were the focus of my journey. After sixteen years of wondering why I didn't photograph the other nine angels, I know now that 'The Angel With Cross' is my favourite, and yes I now also have his nine relatives ready to trot out over and over again.. Lucky YOU.. haha..
All ten angles were sculptured under the guidance of my favourite roman sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Today's post showcases two: First, 'The Angel With Cross' whose face and demeanour are the embodiment of compassion. My eye wants to linger on the exquisite symmetry of gown and wings. The luck of the neighbouring church turret, with it's golden pink glow doesn't hurt either. And the other.. 'The Angel With Superscription', he's a bit more flamboyant.. Not your run of the mill angel.. No this one's more into the coifed do's, designer gowns and skirts flapping in the breeze.. A less typical angelic image.
Speaking of beauty.. When I finally finished capturing the ten angels for posperity, it was too late to visit the Vatican. However a quick walk there was more than worth the effort. Seeing St Peter's Square in the late afternoon glow was something to behold... The throngs of tourists had left for the day and the square was almost empty. Such incredible beauty draped in the stillness of the afternoon and the fading sunlight dancing on the fountains. Gorgeous!!! It's never too late to find beauty!!
Well that's it for today... There'll be plenty more Rome to come.. The crazy and the crazy beautiful.. and I still have to trot out those other eight angels.. They're backstage now putting their faces on!!
Wishing You All A Wonderful New Week
It's Never Too Late To Find Beauty!
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Shots taken on the Ponte Sant'Angelo and St Peter's Square, Rome, August 2011