This interesting sculpture can be found in Siena on the way into the town as you leave the piazza by the church of San Francesco.
It is a modern work – 1995 – but it is connected with one of the ancient contrade of Siena: the Bruco (caterpillar). This contrada has always been associated with the silk trade and on the sculpture can be seen a rose hanging by a thread on which there us a crowned caterpillar – the symbol of this contrade. The colours of the Bruco contrada can be seen on the pennant in the small picture and these will be one of the large number of colours forming part of the huge spectacle of the Palio every year in the Campo di Siena.
The Bruco is one of only four ‘Nobil’ contrade, having been given this title back in the 14C.

Canon 1D MkII with Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens at 165mm; ISO 400 f5 1/500

Uploaded 7 August 2009
Number of views on 1 June 2011: 206


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  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 5 years ago

    Well seen and taken David, very good write up information too and interesting.

  • Thanks very much, David.

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    excellent capture

  • Many thanks, Kathy.

    – David Clarke

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelalmost 5 years ago

    Fascinating image and most interesting explanation, David

  • Many thanks, John.

    – David Clarke

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    What a great find David, lovely capture. Don.

  • Thanks very much, Don.

    – David Clarke

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichalmost 5 years ago

    Love how you weave this image into an art history lesson, David. Very interesting.

  • Many thanks, David.

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks very much Justart:))

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!! ;-) dANIELA

  • Grazie mille, Daniela!!

    – David Clarke

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    great shot and info David

  • Thanks very much, Robert.

    – David Clarke

  • shawie
    shawiealmost 5 years ago

    Great find and an excellent capture!!

  • Many thanks, Shawie :))

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44almost 5 years ago

    Amazing Art so well done .. but funny at the same time.
    Good example of brining observation in to Art
    Grazi Don Davide for sharing this Lady with us

  • Grazie mille, Maestro G!

    – David Clarke

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