|Another view of the altar|
Friday, June 29, 2012
Yesterday's Rome wanderings included some of that city's extraordinary baroque churches. Chiesa Nuova or Santa Maria in Vallicella is a particularly busy example of no surface goes untouched.
Although this church photographs well, the overall effect was a bit overwhelming -- I couldn't help but thinking that this was the era when even the church lost its faith and depended on power and control to awe the masses. You can feel the faith and belief in most gothic and early renaissance churches, but I couldn't feel it here.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Visited every church that was open. Not only is each one spectacularly beautiful and ornate, but they are cool and you can sit there as long as you like! Rome is hot and short on benches...Have had spaghetti carbonara twice, and lots and lots of water, con gas.
Tomorrow the workshop group gathers in Orvieto and we begin our Umbrian adventure!