Hercules in Light

I’ve been preparing asynchronous lectures on Greek and Roman architecture for the last three weeks, which means I’ve been looking at a lot of columns. In fact, not just looking at them, but marveling at them. What beautiful things! Such a simple idea, turned into such a varied, subtle and sophisticated form!

So today’s blog is just a photographic ode to the column (and to its very close cousin, the shaft). Here’s to the humble post, ennobled!

Ruined Column

Ely Shafts

Palermo Columns

Monreale Cloister

Hore Carved Shaft

Mismatched Drums

Cefalu Cloister

Fluted Shafts

Hercules in Shadow

Peter Coffman