There are doors and then there are DOORS. This one is made of bronze and it was designed by the Italian sculptor Lodovico Pogliaghi in 1902 and completed by him in 1908. You can find it protecting the main entrance to Milan’s magnificent cathedral known to Italians as Duomo di Milano. I went to the archives to find this shot which I took during our trip to Italy in 2009. It will be my entry to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week with her Door theme.
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The events carved on the door represents the major joys and sorrows in the life of Mary, mother of Jesus. The large center left image is the Ascension of Jesus and the corresponding center right image is the Assumption of Mary.
Pogliaghi (1857-1950) originally won the contest for the Duomo’s doors in 1895. But he had to submit a new design in 1902 after plans for a new facade changed. Pogliaghi was also a painter and art collector. On display in the museum containing his collection is the plaster cast of his famous bronze door. The museum is called Casa Museo Lodovico Pogliaghi and is located in Varese, about 34 miles north of Milan.
I photographed the door eight years ago with my old Canon Rebel XTi camera and my then new Canon 24-105mm lens. Last week I converted the image to monochrome with Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website this Thursday (Wednesday in North America and Europe) to see how she and other photographers from all over the world have interpreted her Doors theme.