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... did the fresco which led to him being commissioned to do the Duomo, only a few minutes from our hotel. Wonderful artwork throughout the church: you can see why he (and Parmagianino too) got the later commissions which made them famous. The onto Santa Maria Steccata, more amazing frescoes. Why was this artform so popular in Parma?
After all this, we agreed it was time for coffee - this time a pleasant cappuchino at a bar on the ...
Well there they all are....on every street corner...in nearly every cafe...even in the clothes shops. Petit and dainty clothed in fancy coats or little pyjama suits, big and butch, long and lanky, large and hairy, dazzling with diamante, lush with leather. Yes...they are Parma's dogs. They are everywhere, walking, carried, ambling with nose to the ground, standing their ground, are at a ...
... one can go right up to the works in it and look closely at them) Also in this section are a couple of Annibale Carracci frescoes - also amazing. Then there is the Parmigianino painting "The Turkish Slave".....with all its intricate detailing and gentle doe like eyes.
Moving on slowly through the rest of the exhibits is a fascinating history of art in the Parma area with most of the names not recognisable as " greats" but "great" to the area. And then comes ...
... that was needed after the Allied bombing raids of 1943/44. Huge damage was done to the city, which took many years to repair. In fact some of it can still be seen even now, for example in the Palazzo Pilottta which houses the National Gallery. On a related topic, the city is full of memorials to the those who died in World War II, and the numerous heroes of the resistance to both facism and nazism. The city seems to lack the passion and drive ...
... exit, and had set up a nice business selling pizzas. Eventually of course, we found the right lift, and exit to the taxi rank. And then, the day really started.
As Parma is more or less the halfway point on our trip, Michael had booked a suite in a 15th century palazzo, adjoining the Cathedral: a little taste of luxury. Of course, Joynhad been too busy researching art to pay attention to little details like where we going to ...