Archive for January, 2008

The Belem Tower

The Belem Tower is considered as one of the most beautiful examples of Portuguese late gothic architecture or Manueline style. It is a fortified tower that is located in the Belem district in Lisbon, Portugal. The tower was built to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama. This defensive yet elegant tower has become one of the key symbols of the city and was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The Belem Tower was built between 1515 and 1521 to become both as a ceremonial gate…

Donatello

Donatello was a famous Italian artist and sculptor during the early Renaissance Period. Born as Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi in Florence sometime on 1386, Donatello was the son of Niccolo di Betto Bardi, a Florentine wool comber. Donatello first received his artistic training in a goldsmith’s workshop, as was the custom for artists during that time. He also worked briefly from the studio of another noted Italian artist, Lorenzo Ghiberti. While working at Ghiberti’s studio, Donatello was able…

The Wrigley Building, Chicago

The Wrigley building is located in 410 N Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. It is located in an area more popularly known as the Magnificent Mile which is the main thoroughfare of the city’s business district as well as the center for its nightlife. The impressive building was built to be the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company. The Wrigley Building has been considered for over 75 years as one of Chicago’s most attractive buildings. Work on the structure started at around the 1920’s…