I loved Turin so much, I am going to indulge in posting a few more pictures of this lovely little city.
This bull symbol is actually in the Duomo, but I am adding it here because it represents Turin. Italian rival city-states have symbols, the symbol for Turin is the bull. In the Galleria in Milan, there are mosaics of the symbol for each of the city-states. There is a tradition in Milan that if you step on Turin’s symbol of the bull — directly on the bull’s “manhood” and spin around 3 times on your heel, you will receive good luck. Our guide assured us it works, I didn’t get to give it a try.
This woman is in the Galleria in Milan about to step on that poor bull’s abused body. There’s a fairly deep hole in the tile where people have spun around on Turin’s bull.
How can you not love Turin?
Just outside the door of the Grand Madame Church.
All over Italy, there are paintings, frescoes and niches with statues on the walls, often above doorways or tucked away in little street-side alcoves.
Below are several images from the Museo Reale
The Martyrdom of St Paul by Giovanni Antonio Molineri (1577-1631)
Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well by Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647)
The Vanity of Human Life by Jan Brueghel (1601-1678) This is so true, isn’t it? In the end, all the grandeur, jewels, clothes, and wealth have no meaning if we do not seek something higher.
Tournament in the Turin Piazza Castle by Antonio Tempesta (1620) We’ve seen multiple tournaments in the movies, here’s a painting of an actual event.
The Rape of the Sabine Women by Francesco dal Ponte dello Bassano (1580-1582)
This is a common theme that appears often in Renaissance art, here’s a summary of the myth: “The Rape occurred in the early history of Rome, shortly after its founding by Romulus and his mostly male followers. Seeking wives in order to establish families, the Romans negotiated unsuccessfully with the Sabines, who populated the surrounding area. The Sabines feared the emergence of a rival society and refused to allow their women to marry the Romans. Consequently, the Romans planned to abduct Sabine women during a festival of Neptune Equester. They planned and announced a marvelous festival to attract people from all nearby towns. According to Livy, many people from Rome’s neighboring towns attended, including folk from the Caeninenses, Crustumini, and Antemnates, and many of the Sabines. At the festival, Romulus gave a signal, at which the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. The indignant abductees were soon implored by Romulus to accept Roman husbands.” (Wikipedia, “The Rape of the Sabine Women”) We’ll see the rape of the Sabine women again in Florence.
Pan piping, I didn’t get the artist or dates but I enjoyed the whimsy.
Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides by Pieter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) I’m not fond of this, but it’s Rubens.
The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant John the Baptist by Antoon van Dyke (1599-1641)
You can’t capture a city or a way of life in pictures, I hope I gave you a sense of the richness, diversity and vitality of Turin. Now, alas, I must say goodbye and move on to Genoa on the Italian Riviera…