June 3, 2016

Orvieto Duomo
Orvieto Duomo

Built over a period of 300 years, it was deemed “finished” in 1591.  The rose window is stunning.  The ceilings are, too.  The facade  is glorious, as you can see.  I love the rhythm of the pointy arches and the rounded ones and the repeated arcs and columns.  Then there is the “crenelation” of the points, and the series of very small arches.  It’s like a semi-kaleidoscopic image of itself.  Gingerbread-y, almost.  All that blue on the exterior is unusual, and sets off the golden tones of the stone. Almost a confection.  More to come…

 

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