The statue of Grand Duke Cosimo I dates from 1595 celebrating Cosimo’s subjugation of Tuscany under his military rule. This is a night shot; hand-held although a tripod would have resulted in a much sharper image. In the sky behind is the moon fighting through that weekends rain-filled clouds. The photo was converted to black and white in Topaz B&W, given some Topaz Clarity too.
Cosimo I de’ Medici (12 June 1519 – 21 April 1574) was the second Duke of Florence from 1537 until 1569, when he became the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. Wikipedia
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