Monday, July 27, 2009

Benefactors' Room

Istituto Pietro Mascagni, LivornoHere is the conference room of the “Istituto Pietro Mascagni”, which is not really part of the academy because the Province of Livorno, owner of the premises, reserved this room for itself.Coat of arms of Livorno, Istituto Pietro Mascagni, LivornoIt is a quite austere room with parquet flooring, furnished only with a large polished table surrounded by period chairs. The cassoon ceiling is more ornated, showing, amidst many other decorations, the coats of arms of Livorno as municipality and as province.Coat of arms of the province of Livorno, Istituto Pietro Mascagni, LivornoThe third shield ought to be an older version of the crest of the local Chamber of Commerce, now simplified with the boat part only.Crest of the Chamber of Commerce of Livorno, Istituto Pietro Mascagni, LivornoThe last shield is the well known coat of arms of the House of Savoy, the royal family who ruled the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until 1946.Coat of arms of the House of Savoy, Istituto Pietro Mascagni, LivornoA stone plaque outside this room says “Sala dei Benefattori” (Benefactors' Room), reminding us that here is where patrons and administrators of the former hospice once kept their meetings.

18 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

How interesting this place is! Beautiful details!
Cezar

Saretta said...

Imagine all the wheeling and dealing that went on in there!

cieldequimper said...

Though simple, it's very effective and so a beautiful room. The coats of arms are wonderful!

Steffe said...

A beautiful room.

Nikki Beaumont said...

What incredible detail! I think I like the second coat of arms the best. The one with the crown at the top, the red sash and castle on the lower half.

brattcat said...

Thank you for giving us an overall sense of the room and then zooming in on the detail.

B SQUARED said...

Must have been a lot of interesting discussions in that room. Would love to know some of them.

Antjas said...

The old craftsmen were amazing. Too bad the musicians don't get to use this room, but then that's politics for you.

joo said...

I would also reserve it for myself:)
Great place!
have a nice week.

Hilda said...

The ceiling and the details are gorgeous! And thank you for showing and explaining the shields — I find heraldic devices so fascinating!

Halcyon said...

I love the colors. The benefactors had good taste!

Jacob said...

Fascinating! I guess the Province should have at least one room. I really like the shields and your explanations!

You have been very helpful in increasing my store of knowledge!

amatamari© said...

One room very austere and even precious.
I like the ceiling and the color pink antique on the walls.
Beautiful set, thanks!
:-)

Frank said...

That is a magnificent room and all the shields are incredible. Very good photos of all the detail.

Per Stromsjo said...

Looks like a place with an atmosphere. I wonder if anything built in our days will make a future visitor feel the same way.

tapirgal said...

This is a beautiful post with wonderufl lighting. Thanks for showing the coats of arms, too. I love it! About the Astoria Sunday Market, one thing I like is that everything has to be made or grown by the people who are selling it. Sometimes they make it on the site and sometimes not, but it's all theirs, and I like that.

m_m said...

So beautiful room!

Baruch said...

I like the big table in the first photo - large enough for the whole family