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Friday, 5 November 2010

Demons in Carmine Superiore

A glittering, bright autumn morning.The woods are in mid-moult and a wonder to behold.



A passing professoressa of art history recently pointed out to me that the Chiesa di San Gottardo here in Carmine Superiore has rather more than its fair share of demons. Here's a bunch of them doing their worst against the Saxon Bishop himself and a bunch of rather scared-out-of-wits-looking helpers. I particularly like the demon top left, which reminds me somehow of my 4-year-old daughter, B, in one of her tongue-out "I won't" moods. The snake tail is a nice touch - and even if B. doesn't actually have one of those in her flowery dungarees she sure as hell waggles that sassy 4-year-old butt as if she did!

Click on the pic to see a larger version, and perhaps some erudite person out there might be able to decipher the Latin caption bottom right...



4 comments:

ladyfi said...

Magnificent. And very reminiscent of tantrumming kids!

V. said...

Where's San Gottard now when you could seriously use those exorcism skills...

Louise | Italy said...

V. Tee-hee.

Stresa Sights said...

I love your description. The next time I visit I will look much more closely at all these incredible details.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Demons in Carmine Superiore

A glittering, bright autumn morning.The woods are in mid-moult and a wonder to behold.



A passing professoressa of art history recently pointed out to me that the Chiesa di San Gottardo here in Carmine Superiore has rather more than its fair share of demons. Here's a bunch of them doing their worst against the Saxon Bishop himself and a bunch of rather scared-out-of-wits-looking helpers. I particularly like the demon top left, which reminds me somehow of my 4-year-old daughter, B, in one of her tongue-out "I won't" moods. The snake tail is a nice touch - and even if B. doesn't actually have one of those in her flowery dungarees she sure as hell waggles that sassy 4-year-old butt as if she did!

Click on the pic to see a larger version, and perhaps some erudite person out there might be able to decipher the Latin caption bottom right...



4 comments:

ladyfi said...

Magnificent. And very reminiscent of tantrumming kids!

V. said...

Where's San Gottard now when you could seriously use those exorcism skills...

Louise | Italy said...

V. Tee-hee.

Stresa Sights said...

I love your description. The next time I visit I will look much more closely at all these incredible details.