Saturday, December 12, 2015

Florence Museo dell’Opera Stone Fragments Mosaic

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments MosaicDear Art Lover,

     Fragments tend to interest me sometimes more than “perfect compositions.”  Maybe it is the idea of “less is more,” but I tend to think it has more to do with the simultaneous feeling of mystery (what did it look like originally when complete?) with education.  With fragments, one can often understand more about the process used… in a sense:  removing a mystery, albeit a different one.
  
     Here, I am still in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy.  Here is what the museum wrote for the display titled, “Fragments of Magnificence.” 

“During demolition of the unfinished medieval Cathedral façade in 1587, most of the surface decoration was lost; the few surviving fragments are shown in this room.  Among these are pieces found while excavation beneath the nave of the Santa Maria del Fiore to uncover the remains of the old cathedral, Santa Reparata.  In the course of those excavations in 1965-1973, the pavement of the new Cathedral had to be removed, and on the underside of some white marble slabs 14th-century decoration came to light, confirming that the Opera del Duomo had recycled its costly stone to suit the needs of an evolving project.
     The carves slabs and those with colored and gold mosaic inserts made the Duomo façade an image of the heavenly Jerusalem described in the New Testament, whose walls are made of precious stones (Revelation 21, 18-21).  Especially at sunset, when the Cathedral front glows in the waning light, the allusion to that future city must have been clear.”

   Enjoy.

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic
What might look like popcorn under the mosaic is actually marble.

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments MosaicFlorence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic



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Peace,

Kelly

Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments Mosaic~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher



Florence Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Stone Fragments

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