Wednesday, December 23, 2009

BNL

The building of the “Banca Nazionale del Lavoro” (National Bank of Work) in “Via Cairoli” has a nice set of bas-reliefs: three panels on each side of the main entrance.Each panel shows, in a symbolic manner, a different sector of the economy: commercial fishing, maritime trade, agriculture, movie making, constructions and mechanical industry.Financing films (more than 5000 in about seventy years) from production to distribution has been a traditional business for this bank, since the last years of the fascist period, when the import of American movies was forbidden.The BNL is now owned by French banking group BNP Paribas.

22 comments:

tapirgal said...

It looks better than most bank entrances. Of course I found the fish and the crocodile :)

Andreea said...

Lovely set of bas-reliefs. I'm with tapirgal, definitely more interesting than most bank entrances.

Kris said...

It’s that time of year again! I’m doing the rounds and apologising for my complete failure to more regularly offer comment on everybody’s incredible efforts for the year. I know how hard it can be to keep up with the daily grind of everyday posting, and want to thank you for your efforts.

I especially want to wish festive greetings for all from down here at [nearly] the end of the world, the bottom of Tasmania.

So, if you could delete whatever is not applicable, I’d like to wish you a very pleasant/merry/happy/wonderful/safe Amaterasu; Ashurall; Beiwe; Choimus; Christmas; Dazh Boh; Dongzhi; Goru; Hanukkah; Hogmanay; Junkanoo; Karachun; Koleda; Lenæa; Meán Geimhridh; Modranicht; New Years; Ras as-Sana; Rozhanitsa Feast; Şeva Zistanê; shōgatsu; Summer Solstice [if you're in the Southern Hemisphere]; Sviatki; Winter solstice [if you're in the Northern Hemisphere]; Yalda; Yule-tide; Ziemassvētki; and Коляда!

With a hearty three cheers from Kris, Jen, Henry and Ezra!

Luis Gomez said...

These carvings are beautiful!Great shots by the way. I like the whole lay out of them.

joo said...

Terrific! My favourite is panel with fish - rally cool. I wonder when was this building built - looks like 20s?

Jilly said...

Fabulous carving and such a fascinating history.

nadine1111 said...

Merry Christmas from Bulgaria!

Gunn White said...

GOD JUL/ Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Thanks for sooooo many nice photos and interesting information about your beautiful city!
Best wishes from Gunn

B SQUARED said...

A great entrance, so well thought-out.

richard said...

Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo! :)

Leif Hagen said...

What a handsome, nicely ornamented bank! Do they give out "free samples" inside?
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Hilda said...

Beautiful reliefs! And perfect for a 'bank of work.' I'm glad the new owners kept the beautiful artwork.

amatamari© said...

Wow what an entrance gorgeous!

Cezar and Léia said...

I totally agree with Hilda, these details reliefs are outstanding!
Léia

cieldequimper said...

Very appropriate for bankers who are supposed to help businesses along. Funny how movie and industry are added to the traditional labours...
Is this 1920s-1930s?
Btw, the last one is a Wednesday Doorway!

JM said...

Very nice doorway!
Opposit to your fascist period, Portugal imported movies during Salazar dictatorship but lots of scenes were simply not shown, so all movies were shorter... I remember they have cut half an hour (yes, 30 minutes!) on Fellini's 'Roma'...

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Oh, I love these, they are VERY PRETTY!!!!

Ilse said...

Very interesting reliefa. Wish our banks placed art on the facade.

Per Stromsjo said...

I like the fire in the industrial panel.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Those are beautiful - great graphics! When were they done?

Stine in Ontario said...

The bas relief has lovely details that make them fun to study.

I didn't know American films were banned during the Fascist period...but of course it totally makes sense.

Ellie Vellie said...

These are very cute. I would decorate a kid's room with those - everything is so happy on these.