Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Italian Workshop Preview: Images from Orvieto's Duomo

Our Intuitive Italy Workshop begins this summer in Orvieto, which is about an hour by train from Rome.  We will be staying one night in Orvieto (June 29 - included in the price for early registrants) at the Hotel Duomo, just one block away from the famous cathedral.

Orvieto's Duomo was described by Pope Leo XIII as "the Golden Lily of Italian Cathedrals," adding that on the Day of Judgement it would float to Heaven carried by its own beauty.  I'm not so sure about that, but it is a beautiful building.  It is most famous for its fresco series by Luco Signorelli, The Last Judgement.  But just as extraordinary, to me, were the bas relief sculptures on the facade by Maitani and his pupils.  They depict episodes from the Old and New Testament in stunning detail.

Eve, born from Adam's rib
These aren't large -- the figures are probably 6" to 8" high - and the scenes run into each other and cover the facade.  I find the gestures and the glances particularly lively and lovely -- the look between God and Eve and between the two angels, speak.

Cain slays Abel
Our workshop begins June 30 at 10 a.m. -- we meet for an orientation.  Then we take a tour of the Doumo, followed by a tour of Underground Orvieto, a honeycomb of caves and tunnels used since Etruscan times.  Then lunch, some free time to sketch and photograph, and finally a short trip to our villa for dinner. 

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