Giro d'Italia 2017

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Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Chris Green » 05 May 2017, 11:19

2017 sees the 100th Giro d'Italia, starting today (Friday) from Alghero on the west coast of Sardinia.

Alghero's arms bear witness to the area's former rule by Aragon, and indeed its continuing linguistic links with Catalonia.

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I could not immediately fathom what the red twig-like feature is on top of the rock. Surely not coral, I thought. But Wiki put me right:

Corallium Rubrum
The coral of Alghero, is known as among the finest in the Mediterranean and the world for the particular reputation of quantity, quality, compression and the ruby red color, much to remember one of the most important economic aspects of the territory, also called the Riviera del Corallo, and have in his coat of arms a branch of the precious red coral on a foundation of rock. For the particular combination with the jewelery and goldsmith craft is also called red gold so much so that it is sold at the same price of the precious metal.


The first stage finishes at Olbia

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Whether the sea is intended to be azure and the sky bleu-celeste is a mystery (so far).

The arms of Sardinia feature four Moors' heads, that have been at various times bearded, bandaged around the head and blindfolded. From 1999 the Autonomous Region has had the heads facing sinister.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Sardinia
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby JMcMillan » 05 May 2017, 13:40

Chris Green wrote:The first stage finishes at Olbia

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Whether the sea is intended to be azure and the sky bleu-celeste is a mystery (so far).



From http://www.araldicacivica.it/stemmi/com ... ion=stemma :

“Campo di cielo, alla triremi romana veleggiante sul mare, sullo sfondo un’isola, il tutto al naturale."
"Field sky blue, with a Roman trireme sailing on the sea, in the background an island, all proper."

Comment: If blazoning in English, I would say "In a seascape...proper" rather than trying to distinguish shades of blue. "Realistic" heraldry like this doesn't lend itself to traditional blazonese, in my opinion.
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Chris Green » 06 May 2017, 08:15

Today's (Saturday) stage starts from Olbia and proceeds through the mountainous interior of Sardinia to Tortolí on the east coast.

Depending on where one looks, there seem to be two candidates for Tortolí's arms (though the second version seems to have been designed by a poorly programmed computer:

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The tower in the "proper" arms is in the hamlet of Arbatax and is known as the "Spanish" tower, and was probably built in imitation of the Genoese towers that we English know as "Martello Towers".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martello_tower
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Michael F. McCartney » 06 May 2017, 17:17

Harking back to an earlier discussion (here or elsewhere?) re: arms of island nations, one might conclude that Tortoli is a province of the Kingdom of Tonga. :)
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Chris Green » 07 May 2017, 08:51

Today (Saturday) is the last day for the Giro in Sardinia. The finish is at the island's capital, Cagliari.

I found this web page by a local graphic designer. It is a good (?) example of how graphic designers play fast and loose with heraldry, without a great deal of knowledge of the subject. Sadly this is the version now adopted by the communal authority.

https://asi.li/2015/07/11/city-of-cagliari-coat-of-arms/

These were Cagliari's arms during the period that Sardinia was ruled by Aragon (typically on a lozenge).

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Inquartato in croce di Sant’Andrea; in capo e in punta d’oro a quattro pali di rosso (d’Aragona); ai fianchi di rosso al castello al naturale aperto e fenestrato, torricellato di tre pezzi, quello in mezzo più alto e fondato su di uno scoglio al naturale uscente dal mare. Sormontato da corona marchionale.


There seems to be no decent modern depiction of the correct current arms of Cagliari, which are as far as I can make out supposed to be: Quarterly 1st and 4th Gules a Cross Argent (Savoy), 2nd and 3rd Gules arising from a Base of Waves of the Sea Argent and Azure an ungated windowed Castle with three towers upon Rocks all proper.

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Torsten Laneryd » 07 May 2017, 09:44

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Cagliari-Stemma.
Blasone: inquartato: nel primo e nel quarto di rosso alla croce d’argento (Savoja); nel secondo e nel terzo d’argento, al castello al naturale, aperto e finestrato, torricellato di tre pezzi, quello mediano più alto, fondato su uno scoglio uscente dal mare, il tutto al naturale” Lo scudo è ornato di fronde di palma, sostenuto da due giovani tritoni e timbrato da una corona marchionale (versione presente sul gonfalone civico)

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Michael F. McCartney » 07 May 2017, 17:43

I clicked on the link Chris provided to the local graphic designer, expecting to find yet another clueless distortion; but was pleasantly surprised to see a very simple but heraldically correct (at least as to the shield) exercise of artistic license. Different style and feel from the older renditions, and certainly not up to the work of such modern Masters as Marco Foppoli, but still to my mind quite nice.

Yeah, I know, de gustibus (or maybe disgustibus ;) )... but if we're not at least as open to modern styles as we would like younger folk to be to our preferred historical or antiquarian styles, we may be the last generation to find heraldry appealing and worth study...
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Chris Green » 08 May 2017, 06:14

... we may be the last generation to find heraldry appealing and worth study.


I very much doubt it. As for "modern" style, once upon a time baroque heraldry was all the rage. Need I say more?
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby Chris Green » 08 May 2017, 06:30

Today (Monday) is a rest day in the Giro while the teams relocate from Sardinia to Sicily. The current arms of Sicily are:

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The three-legged device is called the "Trinacria". Depending on one's source this either represents the three-cornered shape of Sicily with the head of Medusa, or one of the "Hormitans", according to myth the primordial inhabitants of the island.
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2017

Postby JMcMillan » 08 May 2017, 14:34

Michael F. McCartney wrote:I clicked on the link Chris provided to the local graphic designer, expecting to find yet another clueless distortion; but was pleasantly surprised to see a very simple but heraldically correct (at least as to the shield) exercise of artistic license. Different style and feel from the older renditions, and certainly not up to the work of such modern Masters as Marco Foppoli, but still to my mind quite nice..


I agree entirely. I think this is an excellent example of correct use of heraldry in a modern artistic vernacular. In fact, the way the artist has done the 2nd and 3rd quarters is much more classically heraldic than the realistic seascape in the more traditional emblazonments, even if he has tampered a bit with the tinctures. And the monochrome versions are no more objectionable for being in monochrome than the most Gothic, rococo, or neoclassical of emblazonments carved in stone or engraved on metal.
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