|ceiling in the former Guelph Party headquarters|
|detail of Guelph party ceiling|
|detail showing the insignia of the Guilds of Florence|
Encircling the shields in the center is a marvelous graphic border with the insignia of each of the Florentine guilds: stonemasons, speziale, blacksmiths, innkeepers, tanners, locksmiths, etc. Surrounding all this is a field of deep blue patterned with the French fleur de lis, possibly a reference to one of the (brief) periods of good relations between Florence and the French Crown.
Painted entirely by hand, each feature varies just a bit which really adds to the patina and feeling of history. It almost looks like the banners are fluttering proudly overhead.
It's just great ornament and you all know how I feel about that.
photos by Lynne Rutter, Florence, March, 2014
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