Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 23, 2012

Hands up

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I have photographed faces, bottoms and feet on my travels. Now it is time for hands.

Oceano in the Bargello in Florence.

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The little fisherman in the Bargello.

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David’s hand.

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Pisano’s hand. He created the beautiful sculptures on the facade of the Duomo in Siena, among other things.

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Hands at Neptune’s fountain in Florence.

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Piazza Navona hands.

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Little hands in Lucca.

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Piazza Signoria hand.

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Hand throwing in Antwerp.

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Chocolate hands in Antwerp.

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An interesting candle in Haarlem.

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A seat in Amsterdam.

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Beautiful painted hands.

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Hands making cheese.

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Hands rolling pasta.

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Hands making baskets.

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  1. What marvellous observations of hands, Debra! I was intrigued by Michaelangelo’s exquisite sculpture of David’s hands – the protruding veins, the elegant shapes of the fingers. It’s difficult to capture the realism of hands in art, and nothing beats real hands in real life – young and old – through your camera lens, Debra. All in the joy of art!

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  2. I agree hands are a purposeful metaphor for real life- all so diverse, in so many cases so ordinary and practical.

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    • I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have the use of my hands. They may not be as young and lovely as they once were, but I like them.

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  3. Love the lady’s hard working clever hands in that last picture taken in Sardinia making the twin to the basket you bought.

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    • She was happy to show us her work….and the basket is lovely.

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  4. BEAUTIFUL. Gorgeous. Touching. Amazing how much humanity can be trapped inside a piece of stone, until some genius sets it free…the hands of David look as if blood is pulsing through them. Never ceases to amaze…

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    • David’s hands are beautiful and so lifelike.

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  5. I love the hand with the pearl bracelets. The detail in that painting is amazing. One of the Flemish masters… I guess

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    • I think it was Rembrandt, but I saw so many beautiful things I am a bit confused. It was at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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      • Thank you, Debra. Yes, it is the portrait of Maria Trip, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, by Rembrandt. A wonderful painting.

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  6. you are such a creative person Deb, who would have thought of gathering all those pictures in one blog! genious!

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  7. Debra – awesome post! There was just a photo contest this week and the theme was hands. Out of all the posts I’ve seen for the contest this one is a winner. I’m submitting this link to the list of hands, hope you don’t mind.

    My favourite one is the little hands in Lucca, how cute!

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    • I kind of hear about the photo challenge, but I don’t really know what it is. I am delighted that you would submit my post, thank you!

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  8. what a great photo essay, I had one of those candles, a red version. I particularly like the hand thrower but I love them all. !

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    • The hand thrower in Antwerp is amazing. There will be more on that in a later post.

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  9. […] Bagni di Lucca and Beyond […]

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  10. Great captures! … and the captions that could go with these!!!

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  11. Gotta hand it to you on this one–truly brilliant. Sorry–couldn’t help myself–but it’s true–well done, my friend!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  12. Wonderful photos of hand, possibly my favorite visual subject! I recently featured hands in a music video 🙂 There is something about images of hands making things that always speaks to me – you’ve captured it exactly in your photos. My favorite Italian hand sculpture is the colossal statue in the Capitoline Museum in Rome – I’ve used my photos of it many times as source material for hands.

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    • I haven’t seen that one……my next trip to Rome.

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  13. Love this Debra. Love your eye…and those hands. Especially the little Lucca hands.. Sei unica! xx

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  14. That’s quite a collection of hands. Very well observed.

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  15. These are great… So impressive. Fascinating me always. Thank you dear Debra you did a great post. Love, nia

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    • Thank you Nia, you always say the nicest things.

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      • You are beautiful. Welcome. Have a nice day, love, nia

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  16. Love your photos. And the hands have it!

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    • Thank you for visiting Bagni di Lucca and Beyond.

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  17. These are great Debra. Hard to pick just one!

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    • I like all of them, I like the little Lucca hands most I think.

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  18. Wonderful – my favourite is the ‘Little hands in Lucca’ photo.

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    • Those hands were very tiny. They were on a tiny sculpture in an antique shop.

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  19. What an amazing, whimsical collection of hand images!

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    • Thank you. I see many good things on my travels.

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  20. Fabulous post – tell me the first hand is a real one and not a statue! The detailing on David’s hand is amazing…

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    • It is one of Bernini’s in the Piazza Navona. He does good hands.

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  21. loved it

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    • Thank you, it was fun collecting the photos.

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  22. Love the close up of the hands, they are so intriguing and some made me wonder what they were holding! 🙂

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  23. Wow Debra! I can’t believe how many pictures of hands you have! These are marvelous! I actually never even thought of taking photos of hands or other body parts but looking back I wish I had more. What a fabulous post of hands! Time to give you a hand! ha ha 🙂

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    • I discovered that I had several photos of hands that I had taken by chance, then I started looking for them.

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  25. affascinante….c’è cosi tanta storia in quelle mani….

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  26. oh, i miss Florence..!!

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  27. […] here and here for faces, here for feet, here for hands and here for […]

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