Monday, February 8, 2016

A Chimera

Chimera, Piazza del Municipio, Livorno
According to Greek mythology, the Chimera was a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail with a snake's head. Ours is huge, and it is on the facade of a building in Piazza del Municipio.

External links: Chimera (Wikipedia)
See also: Everyday Chimera - Piazza del Municipio

16 comments:

William Kendall said...

Great colours on this one. The myths of Greece fascinate me.

Revrunner said...

Reminds me a little of the movie "Alien" that I just saw. :-)

Michelle said...

A very artistic rendering.

Lois Evensen said...

Fascinating!

Taken For Granted said...

Interesting mythology. I still wouldn't want to meet one of these in a dark ally.

Karl Demetz said...

Fascinating, good it is not real...

Tanya Breese said...

the head of a snake on his tail, yikes! i've not heard of the chimera before, very interesting creature! glad he is just a myth!

Dina said...

Glad I can see crazy things like a chimera in your city because it's not something you would ever find in Jerusalem.

Sharon Anck said...

That is not the typical Italian lion that I so admired when I visited Italy.

Lowell said...

This is quite impressive. It could use a little TLC though.

Luis Gomez said...

Very interesting VP.

orvokki said...

This is beautiful !!

RedPat said...

Scary creature!

cieldequimper said...

If those are windows beneath it, it really is huge and beautiful!

joo said...

It's great.

EG CameraGirl said...

I hope I never meet one in real life. ;)) Looks scary.