Found Art: Sanctuary

In the Eye of the Beholder

Bari, Puglia, Italy

The Door to Time

Beware. Should you enter the door to time, there is no guarantee you can return.

In the eye of the beholder.

Always Look Up

Transept dome, Basilica di S. Croce, Lecce, Puglia, Italy.

The Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Galatina, Italy

In the late 14th century, Raimondello Orsini del Balzo visited the Holy Land, including the monastery of St. Catherine. In his desire to possess a relic of the saint, he bent down to kiss the mummified body and bit off one of her fingers, which still wore a ring.

On his return to Italy, he built a church to house the relic in Galatina between 1384-1391.

The church building is a combination of the Apulian Romanesque and Gothic.

The interior frescoes, commissioned by Raimondo’s wife, tell the stories of the Apocalypse, the seven sacraments of the Catholic church, stories of Genesis, and other subjects.

Ceiling vaults. Part of the cycles about the seven Sacraments and the hierarchy of angels.

Detail of decoration in the nave. Scenes from the Apocalypse to the right.

The side aisles were also frescoed.

Reliquery of St. Catherine’s finger. The green stone of her ring is visible.

The basilica is a hidden gem. Well woth a visit if you are in the heel of Italy.

Noah’s Ark and the bodies of the unfaithful.

Lecce Stone

The historic center of Lecce, the capital of the Salento region in Puglia, is built of a soft white limestone that is easily carved.

Lecce met the Baroque on its own terms, with the local stone used both on the exterior and in the interior.

Unfortunately, the stone is so soft that it erodes easily.

Fossil shells can be seen in worn surfaces.

Over time, the white stone turns yellow. In the past the stone surfaces would have been plastered, but the plaster also deteriorated.

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