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

Waiting for the Wedding

Bari, 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.

Wordless Wednesday

Sanctuary Dome and Arches, San Luigi dei Francesi (Church of St Louis of the French), Rome, Italy. 16th century church with 18th century decoration.

Wordless Wednesday

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Florentine Abstracts

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Skylight over Michelangelo’s David, Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, Florence, Italy. Designed by architect Emilio de Fabris and completed in 1882.as part of move of statue into the Galleria.in 1873. 

Side chapel ceiling, Baroncelli Chapel, by Taddeo Gaddi between 1328 and 1338, Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence, Italy.

Crossing Dome, The Duomo, Florence, Italy.  The painting in the enormous dome, The Last Judgment,  covers 3,600 metres (38 750 ft) of painted surface. It was started in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari and completed in 1579.

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