Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Siena cathedral's famed floor to be on show again


Siena, July 12 - The magnificent ornate marble
flooring that embellishes the main cathedral of the Tuscan town
of Siena will be visible to the public for another two-month
period this summer after the "huge success" of last year's
opening, officials said Friday.
The floor, described by 16th-century art historian Giorgio
Vasari as the "most beautiful, biggest and most magnificent ever
created", will go on display from August 18 to September, they
Some 350,000 visitors enjoyed the unprecedented access to
the Renaissance wonder last summer.
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.
For the special summer openings visitors are permitted to
walk along a well-defined route, 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.

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