Music, Inspiration and Harmony

Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico City Downtown

This is a detail of Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) building. The building was constructed between 1904 and 1934.

The sculpture on the left side of the upper arch is dedicated to Music, it consists of a winged muse playing the violin and a man writing the notes of the music he hears. While the one on the right side is dedicated to Inspiration, is a muse with wings in a protective position whispering in the ear of another.

The main figure at the center of the building’s tympanum is Harmony, which represents the balance between positive and negative emotions.

Links of other photos of Palacio de Bellas Artes that I published in my blog:

Mexico City Downtown

B&W: Youth

Walt Disney Concert Hall Architecture Detail

Los Angeles, Calfornia

Church Facade

Puebla, Mexico.

This is my entry for Thursday’s Doors, at Norm’s Blog.

Casa Rosada: full view

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Perspective View of WDCH

Walt Disney Concert Hall. Los Angeles, California.

Puebla street on a rainy day

Puebla, Mexico.

 

Templo de la Profesa

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I love the impressive detail of the carved stone at Templo de la Profesa. Amazing, isn’t it? Take a closer look:

Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown
Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown.

This Catholic church is commonly known as Templo de la Profesa, although its official name is Oratorio de San Felipe Neri (Oratory of Saint Philip Nery). It is a baroque style building (inside is neoclassic), designed and constructed by Pedro de Arrieta between 1714 and 1720, and financed by the Marquis de Villapuente de la Peña and his wife the Marchioness de las Torres de Rada.

It originally belonged to the Society of Jesus, and in those days it was named Templo de San José el Real, but in 1767 with the expulsion of that religious congregation from the Spanish domains, The Profesa Temple was given to the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Nery.

It was constructed with quarry and tezontle, this last is a volcanic stone of red color, porous and resistant, which was commonly used in the construction of various Colonial buildings located at Mexico City’s Downtown.

Inside there is a collection of paintings and figures that were made by renowned artists like Manuel Tolsá, Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa and Miguel Cabrera.

Location: Isabel La Católica 21, Colonia Centro (Mexico City Downtown)

Other photos of a building made with Tezontle:

Tezontle at a side entrance of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Cathedral of Mexico City Front view where you can see the red tezontle at some walls at right side.

 

CONCEPTIO TVA DEIGENITRIX

Metropolitan Cathedral. Mexico City Downtown.
Metropolitan Cathedral. Mexico City Downtown.

Conservation works at Casa Rosada

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palace of Iturbide Door

Door of the Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City downtown.
Door of the Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City downtown.

Mexico City downtown
Mexico City downtown

Mexico City downtown
Mexico City downtown

Mexico City downtown
Mexico City downtown

Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City dowtown.
Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City dowtown.

“Palacio de Iturbide” (Palace of Iturbide) was the only palatial residence that was built on four levels during the colonial times. It has a baroque style, and it was constructed with the traditional combination of quarry and red volcanic rock that characterize downtown buildings of that dates.

The work was commissioned to the architect Francisco Guerrero y Torres, who worked between 1779 and 1785.

It is considered a masterpiece of civil architecture of that period.

This is my entry for thrusday doors at Norm’s blog.