Duomo di Milano

Wide Angle Landscape of Piazza Duomo in Milan

Milan (Italy). A photographic sequence of the Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) in Milan, merged together to create a landscape prospectively anomalous, but interesting to be watched. These images have been taken from the restaurant Giacomo Arengario at the Museo del Novecento – one of my favorite places in Milan (from) where shooting photos.

Milano (Italia). Una serie di scatti in sequenza di Piazza Duomo a Milano, uniti insieme per creare una panoramica prosetticamente anomala, ma secondo me divertente da guardare. Le foto sono state scattate dal ristorante Giacomo Arengario presso il Museo del Novecento (uno dei miei posti preferiti a Milano da / in cui scattare foto)

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The Duomo Square of Milano in Chiaroscuro

Milan (Italy). Since “photography” means literally “writing with light”, shooting photos when the air is incredibly clean – such as after a rainstorm – it is like writing with the purest and most brilliant ink or painting with the most prestigious temperas!

Days ago I visited the Museo del Novecento (I already wrote a post about that day), and just before leaving the building – more or less it was the beginning of the so called “golden hour” – I dedicated some more minutes to enjoy the fantastic view of the Duomo (Cathedral) with its facade painted by a warm sun and with the churchyard completely shadowed. I found this contrast very interesting and inspiring, especially because it was perfectly marking the landscape’s shapes, enhancing the beauty of the Cathedral’s facade with its details and architectures.

Around one year ago I wrote a post on a “chiaroscuro” glimpse of Venice (another place where the light can be really magic sometimes): perhaps I should consider this type of situation more frequently, and to support this resolution I create the “chiaroscuro” tag for writing more posts…

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Selfie Time (Climbing the Milan Cathedral)

Milan (Italy). Selfies for everyone. Selfies everywhere. It seems that visiting a place is not important for the place itself, but to show on social networks that you have been there. It’s more a matter of “putting a flag” than “increasing your cultural knowledge”. No need to say: I strongly disagree with this approach and I’m developing a sort of rejection for selfie-lovers and their ridiculous sticks. For this reason, whenever I’m shooting something around the world, I find these subjects quite interesting for my photos: they offer a clear contrast between the ancient human genius (which built magnificence things, like for example the Milan Cathedral, or “Duomo di Milano”) and the contemporary human stupidity. Where are we going?

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Afternoon at the Museo del Novecento

Milan (Italy). After a rainy Saturday in Florence, I think I deserved a wonderful sunny Monday (April 25th is bank holiday in Italy) in Milan! I spent some hours between Palazzo Reale and the Museo del Novecento: the first one is currently hosting a very interesting exhibition about Umberto Boccioni, an Italian painter and sculptor, known for being a main actor of the Futurism movement (his works are exhibited at several prestigious museums including the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York); the second one, among some works from Boccioni himself, includes works (paintings and sculptures) made by artists from the XX Century such as De Chirico, Modigliani, Kandinskij, Klee and many others.

It was not my first time at the Museo del Novecento, but this is such a beautiful place that it is worth more than one single visit. And not only for its paintings and sculptures, but also for the building interior design, with a spiral staircase which brings the visitors from the ticket booth to the museum entrance, and for its arrangement on several floors, ending at the top of the building where a wonderful windowed room offers an unique landscape over the Cathedral’s Square.

Of course, once arrived here I captured many photos, including some without anyone (I went there late afternoon, when the museum was going to close). But at the end I selected this one because the presence of some people doing different things (chatting, photographing or simply watching the fantastic landscape) makes it more “alive”, more realistic, more dynamic. As usual, I found my “comfort zone” trying to find the room symmetry, exalted by the geometric weft of the windows’ frame. Out of the window, the Milan Cathedral and the arch of the Vittorio Emanuele’s Gallery – with an intense blue sky in the background.

As said, I found in this scene – with its light and colors – an opportunity for people, architecture and landscape photography at the same time and the perfect (and well-deserved) compensation after a rainy weekend in Florence!

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