Friday, October 25, 2013

Artistic Effort

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

Maybe it is because I am a slow producer that places like the Duomo in Siena, Italy, completely boggle my mind.  You have been hopefully seeing many of the images I have been sharing in the last two weeks from my trip to this amazing Cathedral that was the hope of being the most wondrous place in the world.  If so, perhaps like me, the scope of what was accomplished (hard to believe it falls short of the original dream!) is simply overwhelming.  Let us take a look at a few details today.  How many skilled artisans and artists?  How much artistic effort did it take to create just one small section of this enormous endeavor?  No electric power… all done by hand work and hand-forged tools!  This type of accomplishment allows me to use the word “awe” appropriately. Have we lost a lot of knowledge over the centuries?

If you find yourself in Tuscany before 26 October 2013, I hope you will go see the temporary unveiling of the highly decorative stone floor of the Duomo (Cathedral) in Siena.
My final post for the Divina Bellezza or “Divine Beauty”exhibition and the Duomo in Siena in the next post.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I think we have lost much knowledge, but also patience and time. We now are more ADHD - always multi tasking, jumping from one thing to another and not really giving any of it true presence and consciousness. This could be due to lack of time? We have the same amount really, but we fill it with so much stuff. These days we have so many more distractions. I know I do...I find it really hard to stay on task, even when I am doing my art.