Stet by Ria Bacon

Monday, August 29, 2005

Grazie Madonna

Those whose prayers have been answered (see previous post), can show their gratitude at this ad hoc shrine in via Trastevere. The slot at the bottom of the wall for donations for "bread for the orphans" has been crowded out by a hundred or so plaques dedicated to the madonna. The oldest plaques are closest to the shrine and date from the early 1950s. The more recent ones spread over the wall on either side.

La Madonnina

The shrine is opposite the Ministry of Education, so perhaps the plaques are from grateful students who have just passed exams successfully.

Grazie Ria

I like the mix of pompous engraving in marble contrasting with the magic marker on a simple bathroom tile. The grouting is uniformly shoddy, however. Probably due to the fact that they were stuck on hurriedly under cover of darkness.

Tech note: I wanted to do a rollover with the original photo, but couldn't get it to work either with java or css. I don't have Dreamweaver here in the Netherlands, either. Maybe I'll try later with ImageReady that was bundled with Photoshop and not yet used. Any ideas?