Firenze Frenzy!

Posted by Pia

Ciao and Voof again from Florence Italy- or as they say here, Firenze! Each day here brings new things that I can't wait to share with my fellow Daily Waggers.

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Many a canine from centuries past is honored in the artifacts of Florence. Might this be an ancient ancestor to Minnow?!

1 Many a canine from centuries past is honored in the artifacts of Florence. Might this be an ancient ancestor to Minnow?!

Pooches peer out from church facades...

2 Pooches peer out from church facades...

...from statues

3 ...from statues

... from bronze and copper murals

4 ... from bronze and copper murals

...and even from local artist studios!  Could this be the next masterpiece that people will travel miles to see, centuries from now?

5 ...and even from local artist studios! Could this be the next masterpiece that people will travel miles to see, centuries from now?

As for our fellow felines, they seem to be depicted most often in the form of lions...

6 As for our fellow felines, they seem to be depicted most often in the form of lions...

....and lionesses!

7 ....and lionesses!

They perch in a variety of places....

8 They perch in a variety of places....

...and are depicted in a variety of materials

9 ...and are depicted in a variety of materials

... and colors. This must be an orange tabby lion...

10 ... and colors. This must be an orange tabby lion...

Some clutch signs in their furry paws...

11 Some clutch signs in their furry paws...

...And some have wings!

12 ...And some have wings!

...And some clutch signs AND have wings!

13 ...And some clutch signs AND have wings!

The present day, local 'Michelangelos' of Firenze, continue to honor our fellow felines in their works of art...

14 The present day, local 'Michelangelos' of Firenze, continue to honor our fellow felines in their works of art...

...and fanciful depictions of Firenze felines!
But canines and felines aren't the only critters gracing the facades of Firenze...

15 ...and fanciful depictions of Firenze felines! But canines and felines aren't the only critters gracing the facades of Firenze...

...many a lovely little soul is carved in the stone that comprises this historic part of the globe. Here's just a peek at one mini-masterpiece of the squirrel variety...

16 ...many a lovely little soul is carved in the stone that comprises this historic part of the globe. Here's just a peek at one mini-masterpiece of the squirrel variety...

While most of the human tourists here seem focused on viewing such masterpieces as Michelangelo's David or Boticelli's Venus... I prefer to ferret out the myriad depictions of non-human animals etched into the foundations of this historic city!

Viewing such stunning detailed depictions of our fellow critters- from centuries ago- is truly uplifting to me!

I'm heartened to see that our awareness, and hopefully our appreciation, of the other species who share our world runs deep. What we do with that awareness is another issue - but it is my hope that we humans recognize we are merely one species among many, and that all species deserve respect, and protection from suffering.

Arrivederci for now...
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (6)

  • Ciao Bella,
    I am not sure what that means Dr. Pia, but I hear everyone on t.v. saying it, so it must be good. You are so nice to think of us Daily Waggers on your adventures in Italy. They have a lot more animal things surrounding them than we do in the states, don't you think? I bet your crew at home is really missing you. I love all the art work and animals and you are very thoughtful to send us photos. Continue to have a great trip and we look forward to hearing of more of your adventures.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi Dr. Pia and Minnow, Thank you so much for taking us on a tour of these beautiful depictions of our fellow critters who lived in Italy! Photo #1 could be an ancestor of Minnow and me-charming! I love all of those animals they displayed and I feel they are all as important to be respected the same as our humans are! Even that little squirrel at the end was charming! You must be have a great time in Italy, Dr. Pia! Hope we get to see even more of what you discover! Have a great day and a wonderful weekend! Can't wait to hear from all of our Glue Squad Buddies very soon and hope all of you have a great day, also! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I don't know if this was sent or not so I'll try again.
    Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you two Dr. Pia. Chow from the south everyone. “Chow” is Chinese for hello; well it should be. Instead it just means the best and most loved dogs in China. Again, if they aren’t they should. I’m glad that they don’t have any of those really big cats where I live. They might think that, “Chows are for chasing.” There is a swamp not far from where I live and it has some wild animals in it. It has bears, snakes, alligators, turtles, and some panthers. I think I should just stay out of that swamp and in my back yard.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • You are a very good photographer, Dr. Pia! And that squirrel looked so lifelike, I wanted to chase it. I think I'll avoid some of those bigger cats, though.
    A bientot!

  • Thanks for sharing these pictures and your thoughts about the importance of our animal friends.

  • Dr.Pia, these photos are awesome!!!! ;-) I really appreciate the fact you wanted to share them with us...as an artist they are very inspiring. I also took many photos last year in Europe, mostly of Horse statues and other animal image on buildings. I love how you expressed yourself in your post, very heartfelt.
    I have a 1905 beautiful large oil painting of Firenze, and 40 years later found an etching of the same scene 1800 miles away...
    Hopefully someday I get to visit there.

    Looks like you're having a great time Pia...enjoy every day!

    Arrivederci till next week!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

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