Adorazione dei Pastori - Cappella del Santissimo Sacramento Duomo di Siena
“Adoration of the Shepherds - Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament Duomo of Siena”...
Located at the corner between the right transept and the presbytery, in a position corresponding to the Chapel of Sant'Ansano, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament occupies this span. The altarpiece is a canvas depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds by Alessandro Casolani beginning in 1594. The Duomo in Siena lies in a piazza above the Piazza del Campo, a great Gothic building filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio. Originally completed in 1263, the 14th century inspired an ambitious attempt to transform the cathedral into the largest temple in all of Christendom, which would dwarf even St. Peter's in Rome. The already-large Duomo would form just the transept of this huge cathedral. In 1348, the Black Death swept through the city and killed 4/5 of Siena's population. The giant cathedral was never completed, and the half-finished walls of the New Cathedral survive as a monument to Siena's ambition and one-time wealth. The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena houses a series of some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. If I was asked to choose only one place that represented the great history of art, architecture, culture, and faith in all of Italy…one would be hard-pressed to find a more complete portfolio than the Cathedral of Siena. I found myself awe-inspired just walking up and facing the elegant façade, striped walls and pillars, and massive size. Upon entering the nave, one is overwhelmed with a plethora of artistic expression and great beauty placed in every available space. From its dome, stained glass, frescos, sculptures, and to what is said to be the most magnificent marble floor in history…it is worth every minute.
- Dino Carbetta
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- Dino's 2019 Pellegrinaggio, Portafoglio (Portfolio)