Pietro Brosio Gallery

"The Universal Peace", 1976, oil on canvas 100x70cm.


September 29, 2008

Sundial 1

Modern sundial at Oulx (1127m, Susa Valley, Piedmont)
The inscription says: "Per gli amici qualunque ora" ("For friends any hour").

A sundial is a device that measures time by the position of the Sun. In common designs such as the horizontal sundial, the sun casts a shadow from its style (a thin rod or a sharp, straight edge) onto a flat surface marked with lines indicating the hours of the day. As the sun moves across the sky, the shadow-edge progressively aligns with different hour-lines on the plate. (Wikipedia)

In the Valsusa (Piedmont) there are many sundials. Still present on south-facing facades of churches, public buildings or houses, sundials have been used for more than two centuries since the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. In addition to the function for which they were created, namely to know the hour at a time when watches were rare and expensive, sundials held a decorative function.

September 25, 2008

Sky Watch 26/9/2008

My Sky Watch this week is a reverie from the Piazza Castello looking at the Palazzo Reale (1640), one of Turin's most splendid baroque monuments which was the official Savoy royal residence until 1865.

Sky Watch

September 12, 2008

Lourdes 150th Anniversary

Lourdes Grotto

Lourdes Sanctuaries

Lourdes Ave Maria

Turin, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Pope Benedetto XVI goes on pilgrimage to Lourdes on Saturday and Sunday for the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions. The young Bernadette Soubirous, canonized in 1933, met (saw and spoke with) the Virgin Mary 18 times at Massabielle Grotto, from February to July 1858. Lourdes, the most important Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin, is really a piece of Heaven on the earth, where we find the Love of God, the Gospel, the Prayer. The conversions are a great many and the miraculous recoveries are about 7500.
More about Lourdes: here
Details on the Apparitions: here.

September 10, 2008

September 6, 2008


Cristiana Capotondi is one of my favourite actresses


September 2, 2008

Ecological Day 2/9/2008

Along the river

Ecological Day is hosted by Sonia at Leaves of Grass