Monday, October 11, 2010

A medieval dado on the Duomo


Oh, I do *love* Milan. At first glance, it might seem like the same o' same o', but it's really quite varied. From fragments of its ancient Celtic and Roman past and nibbles of its medieval and Renaissance periods of glory through the booming baroque, neoclassical and historicism periods to modernist (blech) works (can you tell where my artistic preferences lie?)... More......

it's all here, if you have the patience to scratch away at the surface a bit.

Here's a snap taken of the bas-relief dado decoration on the southern side of the Duomo, taken just a few months ago around mid-day...I'll hunt down the folder where my original is stored, and post the proper info, later. Am running, now!

If you're interested in seeing the needlepoint design I created from this snap, you can go to my needlepoint blog: http://arsacupicturaestellae.blogspot.com/2010/10/milan-monday-10-medieval-dado.html

5 comments:

Margaret said...

Lucky you to be in such a beautiful place.

etta said...

What a shame for a Milanese like, who has been spending here the entire life! I have visited today, for the first time, the wonderful frescoes of San Maurizio, in Corso Magenta, after they have been restored thanks to the contribution of a bank. The first glance was absolutely impressive, Iwas not prepared to such a richness of beauty and colors; moreover the guide, who teaches art at Humaniter, was very competent, clear and visibly keen on the subject.

Star said...

Dear Etta, so glad that you liked San Maurizio, it is one of Milan's too hidden gems. Have you been to the archaeological museum, which is right next door? In the yard out back, you can see what is left of Milan's ancient walls and towers, while in the basement level of the exhibits there are fragments of the Republican epoch walls.

Star said...

Dear Margaret, Pasadena and South Pasadena are lovely, too! I lived in So. Pas. for a few years. (Miss the Trader Joe's, by the way....)

John hopper said...

A very nice piece of dado work. It must be simply amazing the amount of detailed decorative and ornamental work that must go unnoticed in our every day lives, even in towns and cities that at first don't seem to be as rich in decorative details as some of the more obvious.

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