Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 23, 2012

Hands up


I have photographed faces, bottoms and feet on my travels. Now it is time for hands.

Oceano in the Bargello in Florence.


The little fisherman in the Bargello.


David’s hand.



Pisano’s hand. He created the beautiful sculptures on the facade of the Duomo in Siena, among other things.


Hands at Neptune’s fountain in Florence.




Piazza Navona hands.



Little hands in Lucca.


Piazza Signoria hand.


Hand throwing in Antwerp.


Chocolate hands in Antwerp.


An interesting candle in Haarlem.


A seat in Amsterdam.


Beautiful painted hands.




Hands making cheese.


Hands rolling pasta.


Hands making baskets.



  1. What marvellous observations of hands, Debra! I was intrigued by Michaelangelo’s exquisite sculpture of David’s hands – the protruding veins, the elegant shapes of the fingers. It’s difficult to capture the realism of hands in art, and nothing beats real hands in real life – young and old – through your camera lens, Debra. All in the joy of art!

    • Hands are beautiful….and useful too.

  2. I agree hands are a purposeful metaphor for real life- all so diverse, in so many cases so ordinary and practical.

    • I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have the use of my hands. They may not be as young and lovely as they once were, but I like them.

  3. Love the lady’s hard working clever hands in that last picture taken in Sardinia making the twin to the basket you bought.

    • She was happy to show us her work….and the basket is lovely.

  4. BEAUTIFUL. Gorgeous. Touching. Amazing how much humanity can be trapped inside a piece of stone, until some genius sets it free…the hands of David look as if blood is pulsing through them. Never ceases to amaze…

    • David’s hands are beautiful and so lifelike.

  5. I love the hand with the pearl bracelets. The detail in that painting is amazing. One of the Flemish masters… I guess

    • I think it was Rembrandt, but I saw so many beautiful things I am a bit confused. It was at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

      • Thank you, Debra. Yes, it is the portrait of Maria Trip, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, by Rembrandt. A wonderful painting.

  6. you are such a creative person Deb, who would have thought of gathering all those pictures in one blog! genious!

    • Thank you. I love the details.

  7. Debra – awesome post! There was just a photo contest this week and the theme was hands. Out of all the posts I’ve seen for the contest this one is a winner. I’m submitting this link to the list of hands, hope you don’t mind.

    My favourite one is the little hands in Lucca, how cute!

    • I kind of hear about the photo challenge, but I don’t really know what it is. I am delighted that you would submit my post, thank you!

      • I’ve just submitted your post!

  8. what a great photo essay, I had one of those candles, a red version. I particularly like the hand thrower but I love them all. !

    • The hand thrower in Antwerp is amazing. There will be more on that in a later post.

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  10. Great captures! … and the captions that could go with these!!!

  11. Gotta hand it to you on this one–truly brilliant. Sorry–couldn’t help myself–but it’s true–well done, my friend!

    • Hands down, that’s the best comment.

  12. Wonderful photos of hand, possibly my favorite visual subject! I recently featured hands in a music video 🙂 There is something about images of hands making things that always speaks to me – you’ve captured it exactly in your photos. My favorite Italian hand sculpture is the colossal statue in the Capitoline Museum in Rome – I’ve used my photos of it many times as source material for hands.

    • I haven’t seen that one……my next trip to Rome.

  13. Love this Debra. Love your eye…and those hands. Especially the little Lucca hands.. Sei unica! xx

    • I think I like that one the best too.

  14. That’s quite a collection of hands. Very well observed.

  15. These are great… So impressive. Fascinating me always. Thank you dear Debra you did a great post. Love, nia

    • Thank you Nia, you always say the nicest things.

      • You are beautiful. Welcome. Have a nice day, love, nia

  16. Love your photos. And the hands have it!

    • Thank you for visiting Bagni di Lucca and Beyond.

  17. These are great Debra. Hard to pick just one!

    • I like all of them, I like the little Lucca hands most I think.

  18. Wonderful – my favourite is the ‘Little hands in Lucca’ photo.

    • Those hands were very tiny. They were on a tiny sculpture in an antique shop.

  19. What an amazing, whimsical collection of hand images!

    • Thank you. I see many good things on my travels.

  20. Fabulous post – tell me the first hand is a real one and not a statue! The detailing on David’s hand is amazing…

    • It is one of Bernini’s in the Piazza Navona. He does good hands.

  21. loved it

    • Thank you, it was fun collecting the photos.

  22. Love the close up of the hands, they are so intriguing and some made me wonder what they were holding! 🙂

    • Some of them were holding willies.

  23. Wow Debra! I can’t believe how many pictures of hands you have! These are marvelous! I actually never even thought of taking photos of hands or other body parts but looking back I wish I had more. What a fabulous post of hands! Time to give you a hand! ha ha 🙂

    • I discovered that I had several photos of hands that I had taken by chance, then I started looking for them.

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  25. affascinante….c’è cosi tanta storia in quelle mani….

  26. oh, i miss Florence..!!

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