Santa Chiara

Well for those who have just started following my Photoblog you may not have connected with my captivation with Italy - her majesty determined that I have to spend 4 months in Naples - what was I to do. I travelled far and wide loved Italy in every way - I was brought up in the bosom of the Church of Scotland - but the Italian churches were the most amazing spaces. This is the Majolica CloisterFamous is the cloister of the Clarisses, transformed in 1742 by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro with the unique addition of majolica tiles in Rococò style.[5] The brash color floral decoration makes this cloister, with octagonal columns in pergola-like structure, likely unique and would seem to clash with the introspective world of cloistered nuns. The cloister arcades are also decorated by frescoes, now much degraded.
Well for those who have just started following my Photoblog you may not have connected with my captivation with Italy.  Her Majesty determined that I should to spend 4 months in Napoli – what was I to do. Naturally, I travelled far and wide – I loved Italy in every way. In Scotland  I was brought up in the bosom of the Church of Scotland – but the Italian churches were the most amazing spaces.   This is the Majolica Cloister known as the ‘Cloister of the Clarisses, transformed in 1742 by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro with the unique addition of majolica tiles in Rococò style.  The brash colour floral decoration define this cloister, with octagonal columns in pergola-like structure, likely unique and would seem to clash with the introspective world of cloistered nuns. The cloister arcades are also decorated by frescoes, now much degraded. Here you find it abandoned at the height of the sun only a Scotsman would venture out in such heat.
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24 thoughts on “Santa Chiara

  1. Scrolling back through your photos, Scott, this is the one that hit me. Don’t know what that says about me, but I love it. I’m extremely flattered to find that you are following my blog! Thank you so much.

  2. It is when you walk in from a sunny outside, after looking at a relatively dull exterior that you are hit by a vibrant interior. Always amazed at the variety of art styles and vibrancy of colours used. Maybe a word with HM is needed for another trip….Falklands maybe!

    1. I did reply to you David via my mobile but it has clearly been dumped. Her majesty demanded my attention in the Falklands back in 96 – I got some wonderful shots but would dearly love to return with a longer lens. I have a whole host of the Falklands and Bosnia which I haven’t got near editing yet – role on retirement 😉

    1. tbh I could have published a lot more of these but my kit wasn’t so good – so may well have to go back also the sun is strong and didnt fully get agrip of exposure

  3. Scott,
    Great perspective, shadowing, colors and shapes. A truly captivating photo. I loved Italy the one time I have been there, and desire to return…perhaps to Napoli. Thanks for the history lesson, too!

  4. That’s an interesting design on those pillars. I have mixed feelings about them. LOL!
    But I do love your shot, Scott. Beautiful symmetry.

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