Stony stares

30 Sep
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
Portal de l’Àngel

Have you ever noticed how many stony faces are staring at you from the façades of buildings? In Barcelona there are loads! Now, their stares may be stony, but these faces are works of art, and so here is a selection for you to enjoy…

Neo Classical depictions of Hermes and Iris (?) stare down from a very grand building on Portal de l’Àngel and advocate work as the means to conquer all, while a cherub that has lost a leg, holds the family crest of a 17th Century residential building on the corner of Carrer Ave Maria and Carrer Banys Nous.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Ave Maria

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Carrer Ciutat

A mask-like female face with a head dress made of leaves and berries, and plaits on either side of her face graces the front of a building on Carrer Ciutat and not too far from there, on Carrer Paradis, a medieval depiction of St George slaying the dragon can be found on one of the buildings of this narrow, zig zagging street behind the Cathedral.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Paradis

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Paradis

Also on Carrer Paradis, a bearded man with the body of an animal keeps watch over the street.

In Passatge Bacardi (which I wrote about here) we can find another version of Hermes. This time his head only, but of course with his winged cap.

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Plaça Papau

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Carrer Pietà

On Carrer Pietà I found quite a few faces: the young man above, the romantic looking lady below…

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Carrer Pietà

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Carrer Pietà

… as well as this bearded man with a helmet (Hermes again?) above, and another bearded man who looks very friendly, below. They are so life like, these faces, it makes me wonder who the people were who modeled for these sculptures.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Pietà

The four can be found on one building, framing the top of a barred window, together with a growling panther a pair of lions, a beautiful crest and some other plant and animal features. Pretty isn’t it?

Have a great weekend, dear readers, and see you here on Monday!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Pietà

2 Responses to “Stony stares”

  1. cabs in Redditch October 2, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Redditch to
    Great Weblog, I ought to do something similar, thanks for the inspiration.

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