Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn cameo

Isn't she lovely? This is the allegorical figure of Autumn (in Italian, Cammeo su conchiglia raffigurante testa femminile allegoria dell'autunno) carved into shell. [Generously offered to the public by Italian photographer Matteo Pedani under a Creative Commons license. There is no other link.]

GG's editor is fond of southern Italian cameos (where the art form originated). Along with seashell cameos, Campania is well-known for coral jewellry. We treasure dainty earrings with tiny coral oval drops surrounded by simple gold filigree, 'dropping' from little gold seashells. (Oh, we do need a camera; how frustrating.) The miniature earrings were waiting for us in a neglected Neapolitan church charity shop more than 20 years ago. They are not valuable to anyone but GG's editor.

Why cameos today? We are listening to Italian opera (at night) on the radio. Then we thought about decorative material representations of Autumn, the Palazzo Reale in Caserta (in Campania) with its huge ceiling "seasons" paintings, while we took off our costume cameo earrings. That is how a disorganized, overwhelmed mind works!

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