Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Donatello Bernini Sculpture Siena Italy



Donatello Bernini Sculpture Siena Italy

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

On a rare occasion, some hoity toity artist lets me know that I have no taste in the finer artworks throughout history.  Fine… just because someone is famous or is important to art history because of a new way of creating images or influencing future artists does not mean that I have to actually adore every work by that artist.  I can still honor the significance of their contribution and be grateful that the work exists today.

One such artist I feel lukewarm about is Donatello.  Here I include an image of one of his more well-visited sculptures, a bronze.  He stands inside the magnificent Duomo of Siena, Italy, of which I cannot seem to stop sharing images with you.



On the other hand, I am a huge admirer of Bernini, who was born about two centuries after Donatello.  No doubt they are both part of the important continuation of great sculpture in human history.  I hope you enjoy these images of Bernini’s marble sculptures, also inside Siena’s amazing cathedral.  Bernini’s frenzied fabric designs rarely take away from the grace of the gesture in his figures.  Perhaps they show a contrast of struggle in the pursuit of a faith.  Lovely and full of movement, his work is.







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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