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Saturday, June 20, 2009



This is a view of the Williamsberg Bridge, NY, which I lost when the NYU dorm for 700 students was built next door, due to open in the Fall

The plant is Oxalis and thrives.  I have had it for many years.  It's wine coloured leaf opens in the day time and closes at night.  Periodically, tiny lavender flowers appear.  It likes the sun and lots of water.    It is a winner!

It is noted that Oxalis appears in Michelangelo's Doni Tondo, an Italian Renaissance masterwork dated 1504-1505c.  

Quiz:   The plant is to be seen at the foot of the painting.    Michelangelo was not one for filling up a space because it was there!   Does anyone know, or have a theory about it?


  1. Love those views - what a pity to lose them. Is oxalis not a trefoil plant - maybe signifying the Trinity? Great shadows.

  2. That is sad to lose such marvelous views! Great shots! I was thinking the same as Jacqui, that the oxalis is trefoil plant??? Have a great weekend!

  3. Bummer that you lost your view! Love that plant - as far as the answer to your question? We'd guess with Jacqui - we don't recall anything from all of those art history classes we took!

  4. I like that Oxalis plant. What unusual shaped leaves it has! Sorry you've lost that magnificent view! Regarding your question, I have no theory and no clue I'm afraid... it will be interesting to see what others say.

  5. Yes, it's a trefoil, representing the holy trinity. It is amazing how much symbology was painted into the renaissance artwork. For a mostly pre-literate society, it was the way to communicate the truths of the day! So much has been lost over time too. I also mourn the loss of your view. Nice photo, thanks for sharing.

  6. Wonderful shadow shot.. I love this plant.. great idea for an addition to the sun room.

  7. It's wonderful how the translation from green to black, because of the shadow, adds a dramatic touch.

  8. Thank you Jacqui, Sylvia K, and SouthLakesMom, for your interesting observations. I have since done a little research (not a lot!) and hope to amplify on Michelangelo's inclusion of the oxalis plant shown close to the Madonna's feet - your suggestions very helpful in pointing out that the plant is trefoil, representing the holy trinity.



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