Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Heraldic Bees

Marble bee house, LivornoJust beside and slightly behind the statue of Leopold II of Tuscany in “Piazza XX Settembre” you can see an artistic bee house, with a perfectly designed door with hinges and lock.Marble bee house, Livorno, LivornoHeraldic bees have always been a symbol of industriousness and, in a later period, of some Napoleonic heritage. Four larger bees are at the door, while twelve more appear on the side.

See also: Leopold II of Tuscany - Forlorn Grand Duke

18 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

These are great VP. Love seeing them.

Randy said...

What a great piece of art!

ρομπερτ said...

What a nice detail ! Made me wonder whether there was a kind of message to be transmitted through this.

Please have a good Wednesday.

daily athens

Halcyon said...

Napoleon did like his bees. The way he depicted them, they looked quite nice. I also like these here.

Jack said...

That is an interesting detail, VP. Bees = industriousness. That association is pretty universal.

Small City Scenes said...

The bee house does look nice. Many cultures revere the bee. BZzzZZZzzz!! MB

Dina said...

Heraldic bees! Wonderful pictures of something totally new to me. Thanks!

cieldequimper said...

No time to research now but weren't bees the symbol of a great family (well before Napoleon's time) in Italy, a family that gave the world a pope?

This is great!

VP said...

@ ciel - I doubt that the Barberini family, even if of Tuscan origin, had anything to do with our city.
About Francesco I de' Medici the History of the Medici family says: His personal coat-of-arms, a swarm of bees around the queen bee without a sting and the two mottoes, “Maiestate tantum” and “Pacis et finium tutela”, signify his intolerance of all forms of violence.
But our Leopold II was a Habsburg-Lorraine, not a Medici.

Cezar and Léia said...

I like bees! :)
It's such an interesting symbol!
Thanks for sharing.Hey, an impressive blue sky in this pictures!I loved the contrast colours!
Léia

Traveling Hawk said...

What an interesting history detail! There are so many things I do not know...

Jack said...

VP, my daughter Susie would be pleased for you to put her benches on your blog. Thanks for asking.

Kaori said...

The bees are so cute! Reminds me of the bees that always go after Winnie the Pooh ;-D

Babzy said...

But where is the honey ;)

EG Wow said...

Very attractive, more so than the ordinary bee skeps beekeepers have here.

JM said...

Wonderful details! Well spotted, VP.

Steffe said...

Nice details, I recently finished a novel about bees.

cieldequimper said...

I can't believe I had forgotten it was the Barberinis.