Shades of Siena

Before today, Siena was just another crayon in a Crayola box. From this day forward, Siena will be this…

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and this…

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and this.

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Peeking down a side street, I saw a young girl peeking back at me from her window. I waved and she smiled and waved back. Then I took this photo.
Can you spot her? A hint: perhaps she just put the laundry out to dry.

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The big draw in Siena is the cathedral.

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The Duomo in Siena was planned to be larger than the Duomo in Florence, but the Black Plague stopped the construction in 1348.

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I didn’t find the Duomo in Siena to be a monument to God so much as a monument to man. It’s one heck of an art museum.

There are sculptures by Michelangelo before he made a name for himself as

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well as works by Donatello and Bernini. I was particularly struck by the Piccolomini Library which includes the work of Raffaello. The colors were so rich.

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We got really lucky as the mosaics in the floor are usually covered to protect them, but in September and October all 56 inlaid marble panels designed by 40 artists are on display. Completing all these designs took six centuries with the last ones laid in the 1800s.

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Look up, down, and around in the Siena cathedral and you’ll see a work of art — in addition to some stern-looking church fathers who seem to be looking down in judgement on us lesser mortals.

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I ran into another father in the streets of Siena, but he was all smiles having just purchased a new hat which he modeled for me.

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2 Responses to Shades of Siena

  1. cherylmac77 says:

    These are beautiful Donna! I e-mailed John about the tree. The pic of the tree is amazing and the first thing I saw – or possibly imagined I saw _ is a soldier at the base of it. I see his helmet, right arm, elbow, right leg. It looks as thought a statue was built there and has since been taken over by roots. ________________________________

    • hikenwrite says:

      Cheryl,
      Thanks! The tree from yesterday’s post was amazing! I am not surprised you saw an image in it because it was so gnarly and old — scarred from all it has seen in life. If trees could talk, this one would have some tales to tell! I got a great pic of Carlo sitting under it to demonstrate how they found Jimmy. Carlo was 2 and Jimmy would throw him up in the air like men do with little ones. You know Carlo, now 71, doesn’t remember that, but he knows it because it’s part if the stories he was told by his parents and older siblings. An amazing legacy…

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