Posts Tagged ‘Copley Square’

It is with great pleasure to begin the year working on producing new sets of postcards for the Book Shop in Trinity Church in Copley Square, postcards that highlight just a bit the outstanding artwork and craftsmanship of the church’s interior.  The above image is a detail from one of the windows in the chancel executed by Clayton & Bell of London, Jesus in the Temple with the Doctors.  The following image is a detail from The Ascension, a window located in the south transept and executed by A. Oudinot of Paris.

The postcards should be available by end of the month exclusively at the shop.

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Photographing the stained glass windows at Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston is a treat.  The rich colors of the glass.  How the sunlight shining through at different hours can produce a different effect in the same window.  Even in those windows that are clear.  But I often tell people when entering the building, don’t just look up.  Look at the wood.  Check out the door knobs with their intricate details, and be sure to look down.  You never know what lays at your feet …  or under them.

p.s. Self-guided and guided tours are available of this beautiful building.  Learn more about tours here.

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Based on yesterday’s post, I was asked by a few folks if I went up one more flight of stairs to view the hands of the Sargent murals.  Oh, yes indeed I did.  I did not begin with the Madonna of Sorrows with her silver crown.  With my limited time, I focused first on the prophets.

At the end of my stay, as I focused more on the Madonna of Sorrows, I had to stand close to a young security guard.  Finally I turned to her and asked, “Do you ever get bored?” She smiled and suddenly looked about twelve years old.  She said, “No, ma’am.  Every day I see something new.”

See all of the Sargent murals, in context, via this link.  This is an excellent site as well: http://www.sargentmurals.bpl.org/


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Hands, hands, hands.  I was surprised in preparing this post to discover that I have written about hands quite a bit over the years. Two posts that moved me most were from four years ago, Hands I and Hands II.   Hands stood out again during a recent visit to the Boston Public Library, visiting yet again the room with the Abbey Murals. I’ve photographed the murals often but this time I tried to focus on the hands.

For those new to the murals, in the 1890s Edwin Austin Abbey began a series of 15 wall paintings depicting The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail (based on a version of the legend by Henry James).  They were installed in 1895.

On the BPL website, you can read a description of the 15 panels and the story they depict.  Given how many shy maidens must have their hands kissed by Sir Galahad …

… and how many babes, swords and various vessels must be borne aloft and so on …

… well, it’s clear why Abbey paid so much attention to the hands of his legendary figures.

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a quick image while sitting by the fountain in copley square

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a photo taken in the midst of summer

yet the colors seem a harbinger of autumn

I would not mind if time slowed just a bit 😉

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in several wonderful shades

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While on Newbury Street, I wasn’t far from one of my favorite haunts, the Boston Public Library.  I ventured there with the intent of perusing the new books and then taking a few more shots of the Sargent murals.  But instead of murals, I found myself photographing the bronze doors created for the library by Daniel Chester French.  According to the library website, there are three sets of bronze doors with each weighing 1500 pounds.  The allegorical figures, modeled in low relief, represent Music and Poetry, Knowledge and Wisdom and Truth and Romance.  I’m afraid I did not photograph Knowledge and Wisdom.  Maybe next time. 😉

You can learn more about Daniel Chester French on this Metropolitan Museum of Art page.

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Downpours have been threatening for days in the Boston area, yet little rain has fallen so far.  So yesterday I was able to sit by the water fountain in Copley Square as I ate my lunch.  A warm gusty wind blew through the square sending a shower of leaves into the water.  It was fun to hold tight to my sandwich with one hand while trying to snap photos of leaves sailing by.  Quite unexpectedly,a lady decided to strip and bathe in the fountain at the same time.  I decided to focus on the leaves. 😉

copley leaf 3

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… but that’s okay.

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