One of the highlights of our stay in Parma was our visit to the Teatro Farnese in the southern wing of the Palazzo della Pilotta. In 1617, the architect Giovanni Battista Aleotti transformed a huge “salle d’armes” into a Baroque-style theatre space of monumental proportions and constructed entirely out of wood. During World War II, the theatre was almost completely destroyed by an Allied air raid. The 1956 reconstruction has brought the theatre back to its original splendour.
I edited these photos in black and white, which in my opinion shows to advantage the mysterious majesty of the architectural volumes. The warm natural colour of the wood is difficult to capture anyway.
Sit down, inhale the scent of wood, admire the shafts of light coming from the large arched windows and have yourself transported to another era. One can almost hear the sound of splashing water and the ecstatic shouts of applause arising from the public at times when the pit in front of the stage was flooded for naval battle scenes.
As you travel back to the present, make sure you don’t forget to stop by the Palatina library, situated in the same building. (Unfortunately it was closed at the time of our visit.)
In my last photo, showing the arches of the Palazzo della Pilotta, I experimented with slow shutter speeds. If you look closely, you’ll notice some random passengers streaming by, while the architecture remains in focus. As if I froze time for myself while life moved ahead for everyone else.
I guess that day will go down in my personal diary as the day I repeatedly managed to outsmart time.
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