Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Siena Duomo

The Siena Duomo is surely one of the greatest of cathedrals;
Wagner said it was the most inspiring buidling he had ever
seen and based the stage design of Parsifal's Temple of the
Holy Grail on it; of course, he really didn't travel all that much

















Facade















Interior; even with hundreds or thousands of visitors, it is one
of those buildings that fascinates















Ceiling of the Piccolomini Library, one of
several side chapels




















The Library celebrates the life of Pope Pius II
and is covered with Pinturrichio's giant
1509 frescoes





















Michaelangelo's sculptures of Peter (above),
Paul, Gregory, and Pius, are almost lost
among all the other masterpieces





















One of Siena's more notable features is the prominence of
in-laid marble scenes all over the main floor; here, the
slaughter of the innocents; elsewhere, a dozen Sibylls; and
more biblical scenes

















The 13th century pulpit, by Pisano and the
father/son team of Arnolfo and Giovanni di
Cambio





















Detail: damnation (of course)















Ceiling; the effect of the light is very different
from, say, Chartres, but no less engaging




















Altar



















In a chapel on the south side, four Bernini
sculptures, including his exquisite St. Jerome




















Dome















Closer up















The nave is lined with busts of all the popes, into the 13th
century (the pattern repeats, however)...

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