For week 2-3 of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I decided to go back to our travels in Italy in 2009. In fact, this shot was taken at the foot of the Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence just a couple of minutes after the photo I submitted last week of the Ponte Vecchio (see here for last week’s photo), which was taken from the middle of the Ponte Santa Trinita.
The elliptical stone arch bridge called Ponte Santa Trinita is just downstream from the famous Ponte Vecchio and was built between the years 1566 and 1569. In 1608 four statues representing the Four Seasons were added to the corners of the bridge. The statue in my photo is Primavera Spring and was created by Pietro Francavilla.
In August 1944 the German army blew up five of the six bridges that span the Arno in Florence, sparing only the Ponte Vecchio. The Ponte Santa Trinita was rebuilt in 1958, mostly from the original stones that were found at the bottom of the river. The four statues also were found and put back in place, including a headless Primavera. There was a rumor that soon after Florence was taken by Allied Forces someone, possibly an American GI, took the head home with him and a world-wide search commenced to find the missing head. Then in 1961 Primavera’s head was found buried in the mud just downstream from the bridge.
I uploaded a posting with more pictures of the bridge a few years ago. See here for the reason why I called it The Most Romantic Bridge in the World.
Why don’t you drop by Leanne’s website to see what other photographers are doing in monochrome these days?