The Enoteca dai tosi is a winery situated in a cave, completely carved out of stone and developed as a single circular staircase. Enoteca dai tosi is designed by the Belgian studio architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, it is a tribute to Matera, it’s home city in Italy.
(images courtesy of enoteca dai tosi)
The city of Matera lies in a small canyon carved out by the Gravina river. The historical center, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Continue reading →
The Ideal City/La Città Ideale in the 15th Century
If you paid attention during art history classes (well, even if you didn’t) you know that the paintings ‘The Ideal City/La Città Ideale’ are one of the most fine examples of Italian Renaissance work. The Ideal City/La Città Ideale is a name given to 3 paintings which are kept at Urbino, Baltimore and Berlin and are named likewise. They are also known as the Urbino perspectives. The Ideal City of Urbino is the one we would like to share with you in specific. The Ideal City of Urbino, circa 1470, tempera on panel. (image via commons.wikimedia.org)
At the time we were in school this painting was believed to be made by Piero della Francesca. After that it was attributed to Luciano Laurana (and Francesco di Giorgio, Martini or Melozzo da Forlì.) Nowadays nobody knows for sure. (#theunneccesraythings #youneedlearnandremember) Continue reading →
Textiles heir Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia bought Eltham palace, in the south east of London, as their main residence in 1936. The Courtaulds lived there from 1936 until 1944. Before the couple moved into the palace it was transformed (and revamped) into a 1930s design dream in combination with the remains of a royal, medieval palace. The Courtalds hired the architects Seely and Paget for this job. We guess you have to see it in real life to appreciate this palace….Anyways it’s decadence galore!
The Courtalds portrait painted by Leonard Campbell Taylor in 1934
Virginia Courtauld’s bathroom, one of many original interiors to survive from the 1930s. The walls are lined with onyx, with gold mosaic tiles in the bath niche.
The interior of the entrance hall, created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer
Royal heritage: The Great Hall of the palace was refurbished in the 1930s, saving what had been the childhood home of Henry VIII