Day 289: Something Beautiful—Masterpieces of the Street

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Florence. September 14, 2013. A city of commerce. I was a bit disenchanted with the frenetic pandering to the  tourist (young male vendors from everywhere but Italy who will tell you anything to make a sale). But a dear friend reminded me that the gold dealers have been hawking from the Ponte Vecchio for centuries. Like so many other things in life, the extremes shove your face in history encompassing both good and bad.

After escaping the web of leather merchants in the market close to the Ponte Vecchio, we passed a section of several blocks where amazing, hardworking artists were on their knees recreating great works in chalk. The work. The amazing hours of work for a brief moment in which to have a personal work reside next door to the greatest masters of the art world—and collect paltry tips. Outstanding talent. A beautiful moment in time.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 289: Something Beautiful—Masterpieces of the Street

  1. jwbeach says:

    Great moment to share — thank you!

  2. Mary Buhrmann says:

    oh my gosh, absolute beauty. Reminds me of a Julie and Julia moment of artistic souls.

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