25 agosto 2011

Viaggio in Dalmazia - Trip to Dalmatia (3)

Dubrovnik
La chiesa di San Biagio
The church of Saint Blaise

Dubrovnik
La chiesa di San Salvatore
The Saint Saviour Church

Dubrovnik
Le mura e porta Pile
The walls and the Gate of Pila


Nel nostro giro non poteva mancare una visita a Dubrovnik, antica città di origine romana, sottomessa a Venezia dal 1204, quindi repubblica indipendente dalla metà del XIV secolo, un tempo ricchissima grazie alle attività commerciali favorite dalla sua posizione nel Mediterraneo, finché un terribile terremoto nel 1667 segnò il suo declino.
La città attuale è il risultato della ricostruzione operata in epoca barocca all'indomani del terremoto, e nonostante le distruzioni subite durante l'assedio del 1991-92, ha mantenuto la sua straordinaria eleganza in cui convivono gotico veneziano, rinascimento fiorentino, testimonianze barocche e resti medievali, in un insieme raffinato e splendente grazie alla chiara pietra calcarea utilizzata come materiale da costruzione oltre che per le eleganti pavimentazioni delle strade, oggi lucide per l'usura.
Solo il primo di questi tre schizzi è stato realizzato direttamente sul posto; non ho potuto fare di meglio a causa del caldo, della luce quasi insostenibile, delle folle di turisti in ogni dove, soprattutto comitive di gite organizzate, che giungono qui in pullman o a bordo di gigantesche navi da crociera.


In our tour, we couldn't miss visiting Dubrovnik, ancient city of Roman origin, subject to Venice from 1204, then independent republic from the middle of the Fourteenth Century, once very wealthy thanks to the trade business favoured by its position in the Mediterranean, until a terrible earthquake in 1667 marked its decline.
The city of today is the result of the reconstruction made in the baroque period after the earthquake, and despite the destruction due to the siege of 1991-92, it has maintained its extraordinary elegance where Venetian gothic, Florentine renaissance, baroque evidences and Middle Ages remains live together in a refined whole, shining for the clear calcareous stone used as building material and also for the elegant paving of the the streets, now bright for the usage.
Only the first of these sketches was made directly on location; I couldn't do better because of the heat, the almost unsustainable light, the crowds of tourists everywhere, especially organized groups that come here by coach or on board of huge cruise ships.

5 commenti:

  1. ah, i tetti di dubrovnik!! e quelle pietre candide che accecano.

    RispondiElimina
  2. These are lovely Lucia. I really like how you have captured the strong light in all of these. Another lovely memory of what must have been a wonderful holiday!

    RispondiElimina
  3. These are gorgeous! Just like the rest of your work. Thank you so much for your comments Lucia. The move was good, and I hope I can get back to drawing as soon as possible.

    RispondiElimina
  4. very nice sketches

    I am taking a class which is an imaginary Trip to Italy. I am working on Florence right now.

    I was in Florence a few years ago and loved it - so much history and beautiful art.

    RispondiElimina
  5. Grazie, Luc! Dici bene, c'era una luce incredibile!
    Michael, thank you, we really had a good time in those beautiful places.
    Thank you, Alex, it's always a fun to discover the variety of your subjects!
    Dali Lobo, I'm happy that you have liked my works, I'm sure that you and your students will find a great variety of subjects in Italy, both in the large cities and in the country and at the seaside! As for me, I like looking for places that aren't so well known, so that every watercolour is a new discovery! Thank you for visiting my blog!

    RispondiElimina

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