In Ristauro (undergoing renovations)

It's naked!  The front of San Lorenzo in Florence seen from below, still waiting for the marble facade that Michelangelo never completed.  The rows of projecting stones were to enable the architects to attach the marble.
It’s naked! The front of San Lorenzo in Florence seen from below, still as bare as an unfinished website, waiting for the marble facing that Michelangelo et al. never completed. The rows of projecting stones were to enable the architects to attach the marble.  It’s hard to imagine without seeing it, but all the great Italian churches and cathedrals have substructures like this under their faces.

Visitors to the site today, and over the next few days, will notice that our beautiful e-porphyry facade has been stripped away, revealing the bare gray e-plaster beneath. ExUrbe.com is undergoing rennovations, switching to new hosting, which will enable faster loading loading times, patch various cracks in the e-structure, and get us away from some old e-construction materials which would definitely have caused structural instability over the next years. You will already notice the faster loading times, though the short-term cost of the present bare bones appearance, and the temporary absence of the Picture of the Day and most of the navigation menu. I and my web-architect are on the job, so thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: Progress has restored much of our porphyry, but the photo album and other features are still under reconstruction.  We’ll keep at it, but meanwhile bug reports are welcome in the comments.  Thank you.

From a distance the ridged texture of the stone doesn't look as extreme as the raking view from below.
From a distance, the ridged texture of the stone doesn’t look as extreme as when seen from close up.
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One Response to “In Ristauro (undergoing renovations)”

  1. One day, a new Florentine artist as good as Michaelangelo will be born and be selected to complete the front of San Lorenzo. Because time is still going on, and people are still making things, and despite mortality there’s no hurry.

    Hope you get the porphyry back soon. And comments are working.

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