Saturday, October 19, 2013

Inlaid Wood Mosaic Siena Duomo Cathedral Italy



Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

Today’s posting about the inside of the amazing Duomo of Siena, Italy, features the inlaid wood that is in the furniture surrounding the stage.  I cannot get over how much Italy has changed my idea of mosaics!  These carved “pictures” in wood (and also in stone mosaic art) fill me with awe, especially when the design utilizes the natural patterns in each unique piece of material to naturally shade or add a detail to the overall design.  Not all mosaics have this extra touch, but when they do, one feels the love and passion of the artist.


Here, in Siena, the combination of architecture, with bas relief (compressed form, like a coin) sculpture, 3-dimensional sculpture, fresco, and function blow the mind.  And how do you like the rabbit?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Siena Duomo Cathedral Italy



Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

I am happy to be getting my working schedule back, but still am feeling in awe of the Cathedral in Siena and wanted to share some more images of this mind-blowing creation.  Enjoy today’s post.  I hope you are not bored with it because I have more . . .









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. http://www.operaduomo.siena.it/
More of the Divina Bellezza or “Divine Beauty”exhibition and the Duomo in Siena in the next post.

If you would like more information about Siena and its gorgeous Duomo, check out these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena_Cathedral
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Sculpture on Fresco Siena Duomo



Sculpture on Fresco Siena Duomo

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),
Here is another example of the sculptural embellishment on a fresco, high up inside the Duomo of Siena, Italia.  Note that the guy near the top who is receiving a crown is a bas-relief sculpture.  This protrusion makes it easier to see him, as well as connotes his importance in the image.  His golden robes do the same. 






I apologize for not knowing more about “the guy near the top.”  Sadly, I tend to be more interested in the ideas and presentation than about the actual characters for works like these, but also, it was simply a lack of time.  When I visit places with other people, I tend to slow them down and often miss things I might have researched better when alone and not in a hurry.

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. http://www.operaduomo.siena.it/
More of the Divina Bellezza or “Divine Beauty”exhibition and the Duomo in Siena in the next post.

If you would like more information about Siena and its gorgeous Duomo, check out these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena_Cathedral


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Buttons on Fresco Siena Duomo



Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

I am still interested in the Duomo of Siena in Tuscany, Italy.  I hope that you have enjoyed the last two posts about the Cathedral that was intended to be built as the most beautiful and impressive place in the world.  Plans were never finished, but one can see outside of the cathedral the marble blocks in the same shape as the internal supporting columns.  These are the supports for the part that never was built.
Anyway, off to the left inside the Duomo is another elaborate room that contains sheets of ancient music housed in large books and protected in transparent display cases.  It boggles a mind such as mine to contemplate just how many artists and artisans were employed to create this cathedral… or frankly, so many others in Italia and beyond.



I wish that I had enjoyed sculpting in plaster when I tried it back at the Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory in the early 1990s.  I love the colors of fresco painting and yet am reluctant to learn fresco since that is basically painting quickly into wet plaster.  But are these not just lovely (even if a bit outrageous in their audacious quilt-like patterns)?



I wanted to use this one as an example of how the artist treated the image.  Look closer:  The figures in the foreground were given an extra detail… the gold “buttons” on their clothing are a physical addition.  I do not mean “lumpy paint” or I suppose a more “Harlequin romance” way to say it might be, “thick brushstrokes.”  I mean that the buttons are more sculpted than painted.  They really stand out.  I am not sure if this was the style of the day or simply a way to show the importance or wealth of these particular characters.  I tried to shoot straight up the wall to give you an idea of their depths, but my telephoto lens is not that powerful and this fresco started a bit above my head.



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. 
More of the Divina Bellezza or “Divine Beauty”exhibition and the Duomo in Siena in the next post.


If you would like more information about Siena and its gorgeous Duomo, check out these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena_Cathedral

Happy Birthday to my darling sister Danielle!


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