Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Siena cathedral's inlaid marble floor visible for 2 months


(ANSA) - Siena, August 17 - The magnificent ornate marble
flooring that embellishes the main cathedral of the Tuscan town
of Siena will be visible to the public for a limited time period
of two months from Saturday, officials said Friday.
Under normal circumstances, the inlaid mosaic floor of the
Duomo di Siena is hidden from sight and protected by wooden
planks to ensure it is not scuffed or damaged by the million and
more visitors that walk into the church each year.
The floor, which is unique in Italy, extends throughout the
whole of the cathedral.
It took some 500 years to create, with local workmen
including mainly Siena-native artists toiling on it from the
1300s to the 1800s.
Those that participated in its creation included well-known
Sienese art masters Sassetta, Domenico di Bartolo, Matteo di
Giovanni and Domenico Beccafumi, as well as the famed painter
Pinturicchio from the nearby region of Umbria.
Visitors will be permitted to walk along a well-defined
route during the two-month period, taking them around the church
to admire the hexagon shapes under the cupola, the mosaics close
to the altar and many other characteristics that the floor
boasts underneath the stunning Domenico Beccafumi frescos that
decorate the cathedral.

photo: Massacre of the Innocents by Matteo di Giovanni

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