Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mucha House Florence Italy

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),
One of my favorite buildings outside of central Florence, Italy, is what I simply call “The Mucha House.” I am not sure if this building done up in the art deco style is a private residence or an architect’s office or what, not being THAT nosy.
One of the “perks” of my current illness is that all scents seem to be amplified. My first day in the new studio at Angel Academy of Art had me reeling with a mixture of new paint, glue, body odor, aerosol paint (as students created black boxes for their still life compositions), smoke (which assails my senses so much worse than usual), perfumes, and a few other smells associated with construction and people and rain. The good news is that I can also smell the flowers even stronger than before, not that I wish to stay sick for this. So, you may see in this image here that the wisteria is in full-bloom, all over Firenze, in fact. I am loving that and hope you enjoy this image of “The Mucha House.”

P.S. After posting some new images of this lovely building, one of my artist friends sent me this link about the history of the house. Check it out!

1 comment:

Kelly Borsheim said...

This link tells you that the house has nothing to do with Mucha. It is still lovely:
The Broggi-Caraceni Villino and Liberty in Florence
Buildings by Galileo Chini and Giovanni Michelazzi in the Florentine suburbs

Those seeking the Liberty style in the austere Renaissance city of Florence need to head to the nearby outskirts built up in the 19th and 20th centuries, which reflect the influence of the Art Nouveau. An example of this type of architecture and decoration is found in the Villino Broggi-Caraceni, located on Via Scipione Ammirato near Piazza Beccaria. The building was built between 1910 and 1911 by architect Giovanni Michelazzi, in collaboration with Galileo Chini who completed the pictorial and ceramic decorations including green majolica garlands that are considered highly original and unique.

The Broggi Villino offers many other interesting particulars, including precious wrought iron banisters that characterize the gates and windows. All of the balconies, small doors and imposing eaves give the building a unique profile. Galileo Chini frescoed part of the walls and entranceway ceilings, as well as the living area. The stylized staircase in the form of a dragon and large lantern have inspired generations of decorators and creative designers.