Friday, October 08, 2010

An Italian Journey - Part 2: A Host of Angels

During my days in Orvieto, I visited
the city's magnificent cathedral, the
, which was extremely awe-inspiring.

It is said that the building served as
an inspiration to Michelangelo, as he
traveled to Rome in order to paint the
Sistine Chapel for the Pope, and I can
certainly understand why!

The chapel frescos are completely
breathtaking and several of the
ceiling works were even painted
by my favorite renaissance artist,
Fra Angelico.

The entire structure definitely rivals
anything you might see anywhere,
and is the crown jewel of the town.

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to
photograph anything inside of the
church. However, I was so thrilled
to be able to capture several beautiful
weathered angels from the bas reliefs
sculpted into the lower panels of the
front facade.

I just couldn't help but give these
winged enchantments their own
post, as my interest in angels harkens
back to college days when they
were one of my areas of concentration
and a focus theme for me in both my
painting and photography classes.

I definitely plan to make large prints
of these images to frame and place
around the house.

I hope you love them as much as I do!


bockel24 said...

wonderful photos, thanks for sharing!

Barbara L. said...

Great shots! Thanks for the memories.

Jill said...

Yes, thanks for the memories, so much wonderful art in Italy.

Wild Somerset Child said...

Your photos - and the angels - are sublime. I can see you also using these in some form of textile art (the angels are much more graceful than the ones I photographed last year in Tewkesbury Abbey for a fabric book to be called Heaven & Earth). I can't wait to see if you use them, and hope there will be more of your Italian Journey upon which we stay-at-homes may feast.

Souvenirs From Wonderland said...

Wonderful shots of the angels Tracie! Thank you for sharing these, further inspiration to make that trip across the ocean...

makehasteslowly said...

You'll be interested to know, since you are a fan of Fra Angelico, that Palazzone's Giovanni had the chance to get an up close look at the entire chapel on scaffolding. he said Angelico's work was so much more refined than Signorelli's, a much more masterful work. Giovanni shared this with us on our last visit to Palazzone.

Leslie said...

Oh boy! What a wonderful time you must have had! Lucky girl!