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WABLDG_130203_23.JPG: The Sculpture Court:
Henry Walters (1848-1931) commissioned this building to house his vast art collection. It was constructed between 1905 and 1907 and opened to the public in 1909. The architect was a young William Adams Delano (1874-1960). Delano modeled the interior court on the open-air courtyard of the Palazzo dell'Universita in Genoa, Italy. This Jesuit college was designed by Bartolomeo Bianchi and built in the 1630s at the commission of the powerful Balbi family. With its beautiful proportions, the Walters' courtyard is remarkably faithful to the 17th-century original, although it is somewhat smaller and squarer. By choosing an Italian style for his gallery, Walters connected himself with the tradition of the great art collections of Renaissance and baroque Italy.
The monumental courtyard of a grand palace often served as the site for the display of the owner's collection of ancient and modern sculptures, especially those with classical subjects, demonstrating his wealth and learning. In this courtyard, on the interior spandrels (the wall separating the arches), is a set of sixth 18th-century Italian marble roundels depicting ancient rulers of Italy. Members of ruling families wanted their visitors to associate them with rulers of the past to make their own power seem more legitimate.
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2013 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS [to which I added a week to to visit sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee], and Richmond, VA), and
my 8th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including sites in Nevada and California).
Ego Strokes: Aviva Kempner used my photo of her as her author photo in Larry Ruttman's "American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball" book.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 570,000.
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