Thursday, April 9, 2009

Theme Thursday=Egg

Egg and Dart Architecture

Egg-and-dart is an ornamental device often carved in wood, stone, or plaster quarter-round ovolo mouldings, consisting of an egg-shaped object alternating with an element shaped like an arrow, anchor or dart. Egg-and-dart enrichment of the ovolo molding of the Ionic capital is found in Ancient Greek architecture at the Erechtheion and was used by the Romans. This design motif has been common in the classical architecture of Europe since the Renaissance.---- Wikipedia
Egg and Dart
From Meyer’s Ornament

Some of you might know that I love to travel. My traveling started when I was a child and I didn’t even have to leave home. As a child and to this day I am an avid reader. Through reading I have traveled to many places in the world. When I was in grade school one of my favorite subjects was Geography. While I was in college I took an Art Appreciation class during the summer in the early 1980s. In that class I learned about many types of architecture. That is where I learned about Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian groups along with egg and dart decoration.

A little over twenty years ago I started flying around the world to see and experience the places I had read about. This year I will be going to Egypt. Besides reading I also like to take pictures, lots and lots and lots of pictures. I am so glad we now have digital. The subjects I tend to photograph are flowers, pavements, doors, and architecture. So I went through some of the many pictures I had taken in 2007 and 2008 while I was in Europe. In these four pictures egg and dart is present in the often decorative architecture. Click on the pictures for more detail.


At the Vatican in Italy
egg and dart in the upper right corner



Door Archway in Arles, France
Double row of egg and dart above the main figures



The chateau of Chantilly, France



Doorway in Paris, France

34 comments:

Baino said...

I didn't know about egg and dart . . but you just had to put a Parisian piece in there didn't you *sob*. I so want to go to Paris!

Ronda Laveen said...

I have read about egg and dart. Your photos are magnificent examples of that technique. Beautiful as always.

reyjr said...

eggs in architecture!

Marianna said...

Now that is something I didn't know. YOu learn something new everyday lol

Thank you for the pictures :-)
Happy TT
Peace and love
xoxo

Mariane said...

Wow ! Nice pics. You made me think about Paris, and traveling is so refreshing and exciting.

Egg and dart. Hummm ! How interesting, now I have something else to search and read about. :o)

Leah said...

Very interesting! You know, I actually have egg-and-dart molding all round the top of my bedroom. Not so grand as these photos, but still there!

Mrsupole said...

I had never heard of egg and dart but I have seen it before I just did not know what I was seeing in the pictures.

Thanking for showing me something new. I think I learn so much on TT's from everyone. I am so glad that this happens.

So it is Egypt this year. I hope you have a great time. I love all the flower pictures and so will be looking forward to the Egypt ones.

I like the new layout.

God bless.

Brian Miller said...

nice play on the theme. traveling to egypt...jealous. i'll stay tuned for the pics. happy TT and easter

subtorp77 said...

I didn't know of this, either DB. I like the examples :) Have a happy Easter, as well!

Joanne said...

Architecture is a fascinating art form. I'll keep my eyes open for egg and dart now.

Wings said...

New to me, too! Great pics!

Jaime said...

very nice pictures. i've always wanted to go to italy. maybe one day...

willow said...

Egg and dart! What a unique take on TT! Takes me back to my old art history days in college. Nice post.

The Clever Pup said...

You can pick up your very own piece of egg and dart molding from Home Depot.

I love traveling too. Good for you. Good, entertaining post.

Debo Hobo said...

Awesome post, I had expected a poem on egg omelet or something, I don’t know why.

I had never heard of Egg and Dart before. The architecture is amazing

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Very cool, Dak Bear.
Now I want to see Paris too! Unfortunately my BF has no interest in long flights, so I will have to go solo (like India).
Congrats on your plans for Egypt. I do hope you will include Abu Simbel.
You will find the palm trees along the Nile so exotic, too!
Keep us posted as things develop.

DineometerDeb said...

I love your door widget! I too am fascinated by them and have many pictures of doors in foreign countries.

California Girl said...

I like your take on this. I am not familiar with egg and dart (you sure it isn't egg anD art?) I too love architecture so you've introduced me to a new element. Thanks!

Gran said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for the explanation of egg-and-dart. And Happy Easter!

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Hello,
Auntie is back (with a new look).
I looked at your list of travel destinations...I'm thinking about my next trip...China, Tibet, England/Ireland...any thoughts? This would be for summer 2010...

Candie Bracci said...

That's a real interseting post.I didn't know about it.Nice pictures too.Happy Easter to you!:)

tut-tut said...

I'm off to read more about the egg and dart. Thanks for this travelogue!

Evening Light Writer said...

I took an art appreciation class in college and architecture was my favorite part. You've been to some absolutely wondrous places..*sigh* Paris *sigh*

VE said...

Good focus this week. I've been to a number of these spots too so that was fun seeing them again.

tony said...

I hav'nt been to Eygpt (yet)But My Brother has been several times&He loves it!Take Your Camera!!!!
You & Yours Have A Fine Easter
Best Wishes
Tony.

Cuppa Jo said...

See, this is an interesting, and educational, post. Mine was more rambling and odd.

I used to say that if I didn't become a nurse, I'd have studied architecture or marine biology. Well, I obviously don't know anything about architecture. I guess it'll be marine biology for my second career.

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Megan said...

I didn't know, either. Yay for learning new things! Thanks, DB.

Kris said...

Bravo the old egg and dart!

I have a new rhyming slang!

Colette Amelia said...

Who would have thought eggs and darts would be so beautiful?

thanks for egglightening us!

reyjr said...

Hi again! How come you couldn't read all of it? There's a line that reads: "Click here to read the rest of this post..." which you can click.

Or maybe it was an error. Please let me know so I can troubleshoot it. Thanks!!!

reyjr said...

Hahaha! Lol. It's more yucky to eat than scary really. :D No worries and thanks again for the visit!!

Ruth said...

Oh I love egg and dart. How creative at Easter-time!

It's so cool to look for themes when you're traveling, and taking photos.

Excellent!

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