The Mottisfont Angel, originally uploaded by richardr.
The name ‘Mottisfont’ is probably derived from the Old English motes funta, meaning ‘spring near the confluence’ or ‘spring of the moot’ or possibly ‘spring of the stone’ (from the Old English motere: sonte). Plentiful water and fish, good communications and fertile land protected from the worst weather made this an ideal setting for the religious community which flourished here from 1201, providing hospitality for the pilgrims that its sacred relics attracted.The original building was a priory, founded by William Briwere in 1201. He was a trusted adviser to Richard the Lionheart, King John and Henry III, and he was one of the barons who signed the Magna Carta. At the dissolution of the Monasteries the priory was acquired by William Lord Sandys, who converted it to a house.By the right inner corner of the Abbey wall is a niche where a portion of what might be an arch original to the old monastic abbey remains. Nestled in here is a mosaic of an angelic figure kneeling in prayer. This is the ‘Angel of Mottisfont’, and far from being an ancient icon it is the work of a Russian artist, poet and lover named Boris Anrep. When Boris returned to St Petersburg from England at the start of the First World War he became a leading light of that group of poets led by Nikolai Gumilyov and his wife Anna Akhmatova. The two fell in love and carried on an affair while Anna’s husband was serving with the cavalry. At the war’s end, of course, came the Revolution. Anrep had decided to return to England to live, Anna could not bear to leave Mother Russia. Despising and loving him at the same time, she wrote two entire collections of poems dedicated to him. They each continued with very convoluted love lives, but never met again.
Boris, however, prospered in England, was taken up by society, and for many years up to his death carried on a secret love affair with Maud Russell – of Mottisfont Abbey and the model for the angel. They made a pact that they would each be buried below one of the blue cedars that line the avenue here, but this did not happen. Mrs Russell lived alone at the Abbey until the mid 1980’s. Anrep became known for his monumental mosaics at the National Gallery, St Sophia’s Cathedral, the British Museum, Westminster Cathedral and the Bank of England. Being close to the Bloomsbury Group, he was a noticeable figure in London social and intellectual life from 1912 up to the mid-1960s. More at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Anrep
This mosaic is in the cupola of the entranceway.
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It’s also the first thermal bath of Pest. It owes its existence to Vilmos Zsigmondy, a mining engineer. on his initiative, successful deep borings had been performed in the City Park, where later, in 1881 already an “Artesian bath” was in operation. However, this temporary type of bath was meeting the demands of the age less and less, so the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was built in 1913 on the basis of plans composed by Gyozo Czigler. The Bath was expanded in 1927 with a public bathing department for gentlemen and ladies and a beach site. In the middle of the 1960s, further transformations took place, including the creation of a group thermal section in bathing suits as well as a daytime outpatient hospital (complex physiotherapy department).
The reconstruction of the pools of the swimming section, their equipment with water filtering and circulation devices was completed in 1999. The so-called fancy bath includes a whirling corridor, underwater effervescence production, neck shower, water beam back massage installed in the sitting banks and many other services.
Tamarind Park Mosaic, originally uploaded by GeoWombats.
Rose Cameron’s Tamarind Seed mosaic, originally uploaded by GeoWombats.
I had to kill time in the city today and actually took some time to check what was in the park. I was delighted to find this mosaic by Rose Cameron.
Seed, originally uploaded by GeoWombats.
‘gen Osten., originally uploaded by x*.
, originally uploaded by lisivka.
Many subway and metro systems have some form of art but the Moscow Metro system must be one of the most impressive in the world for its amazing collection of mosaic art.
metro mosaic, originally uploaded by popsarmchair.
The Metro opened in 1935 and has become one of the world’s most heavily used metro systems. Much of the mosaic art is in the Socialist Realist style.
Moscow Metro – art, originally uploaded by sftrajan.
Mosaic – Moscow Metro, originally uploaded by KittyCate.
Lenin Mosaic – Moscow Metro, originally uploaded by KittyCate.
Moscow metro mosaic 2002, originally uploaded by sftrajan.
Top this, Bloomberg, originally uploaded by julesguer.
Mosaic at Novoslobodskaya Station, originally uploaded by Verisimo Pazos.
Mayakovskaya Mosaic, originally uploaded by jeffinmoscow.
Parc Güell, originally uploaded by Mònica Co.