Saturday, 2 April 2016

more shells

This is the shell ceiling of the 'Tribuna' room in the Uffizi Gallery. Designed by Beranardo Buontalenti  for Francesco I de’ Medici in 1584 to display  paintings and sculptures  of the Medici collection, there are a total of 6 000 shells of pinctada margaritifera - 650 mother of pearl shell in each of the 8 sections, I did not count them.

 plaster Venus

 the incredible Botticelli  Venus

 and in a shop window on my way back to the station

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