Anyone who's traveled to Italy has noticed the ubiquity of religious art in public spaces, little Madonna and Christ shrines lurking around every corner, often adorned with real or plastic flowers...
Walking around Florence, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Barberino Val D'Elsa recently, I couldn't help take note of these vignettes.
A Madonna behind bars, plastic flowers at her feet, a Made in China lock protecting her from the covetous.
A crucifix hung to a wall between neighboring houses, in the same hue as the surrounding stone.
Or a Madonna and child painting and a pot of flowers near the entrance to a private village house.
Madonnas everywhere keeping watch on the faithful and unfaithful alike, framed in special boxes or perched on simple window ledges.
And some windows devoted to the miracle of nature instead.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com