Reflections Throughout the Ages

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© Deborah Downes
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Villa Adriana, imperial residence of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (proclaimed emperor in 117 A.D. at 40), sits on the plain at the foot of the hilltop village of Tivoli (east of Rome). Hadrian was a fit, elegant, and cultured man. During his rule, he was a great organizer of the Roman Empire and known to be austere and genial, dignified and playful, dilatory and quick to act, niggardly and generous, deceitful and straightforward, cruel and merciful. Adriana Villa reflects this well traveled and complex Emperor, the estate consisting of monumental villas, temples, baths, ponds, and theaters spread out over 300 acres dotted with ancient olive and cypress trees. One could easily spend an entire day there. Fred and I had the great pleasure of going there three times. Loved how differing light altered the mood of this magnificent place.

This part of the villa is known as Canopus; once consisted of vast gardens and more housing for servants, as well as the large oval pool, statuary of Greek originals, and colonnade portico.

A special thank you to Davide for the spotlight.

15 responses

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    like a gorgeous vintage postcard...divine, my friend...just divine!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    GREAT CAPTURE GREAT COLOURS

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    old world beauty! classic!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Deborah, this is a MASTERPIECE !

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (17 Sep 2012):

    Gorgeous!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    A real showstopper! Well done, Deb!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Awesome!!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful Deb, love the vintage postcard look and the wonderful reflections!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Another incredibly beautiful image. I love your treatment.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    It looks like you've taken a photograph of an old and valuable painting! Fantastic work!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Like something out of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." Truly wonderful.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Wow this is my fav of this series. Love the reflection and composition

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata   gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Pure delight.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Sep 2012):

    Magnificent! Love the vintage appearance.

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (24 Sep 2012):

    Classic beauty. Outstanding image.

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