21 June 2010

Gesto dell' Ombrello

A friend recently brought to my attention this particular angel on the facade of the Duomo in Florence, Italy.  Perhaps not so innocent an angel.

The umbrella gesture -- the Brits are known to carry their umbrella in the pit of the elbow -- is a hand gesture used throughout Italy to say an entire sentence:  Vaffanculo, a vulgarity I cannot completely translate on a public site, "Go **** yourself!"

The things we learn...

-- Josslyn "Giosalina"
Firenze, Italia


  1. Extraordinary detail, I hope you do not mind I have brought this picture in my blog. ;-)

  2. Antonio, I am delighted. Thank you for the compliment and the link to my blog. Grazie!