Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

This week’s photo theme is angular. It brought to mind this photo that I took back in 2008 on the steps of Siena’s Duomo (cathedral). The pigeon was stalking me as I had a rather tasty panino but sadly for him I was more interested in taking the photo than feeding him!

Detail of the steps outside the Siena Duomo, Tuscany

Detail of the steps outside the Siena Duomo, Tuscany

The Duomo itself is world famous for its beautiful inlaid marble floors. Renaissance painter, architect, writer and historian Giorgio Vasari once described the work as “the most beautiful, largest and most magnificent floor that ever was made.” And it certainly is impressive although sadly large parts of it are kept covered for most of the year to protect them from wear and tear.

Crafted by about forty artists and artisans between the 14th and 16th centuries, the 56 panels of the floor vary in size and shape creating an interlocking marble carpet throughout the apse and nave of the cathedral.

Beautiful blue geometric details of the marble mosaic floor of Siena Duomo, Tuscany

Beautiful blue geometric details of the marble mosaic floor of Siena Duomo, Tuscany

And fortunately, whilst many of the scenes from the Old Testament, allegories and virtues are covered, many of the geometric panels and patterns are visible throughout the year providing a glimpse of some of the wonderful workmanship.

Geometric optical illusion - details of the marble mosaic floor of Siena Duomo, Tuscany

Geometric optical illusion – details of the marble mosaic floor of Siena Duomo, Tuscany

The entire floor is normally displayed for the public in August each year – this year it was on display for 3 months till the end of October – so if you are in Tuscany next summer make sure to plan a trip to the Duomo.

So what does “angular” mean to you? Leave me a comment below and in the meantime I hope you enjoy my interpretation!

Useful information

Siena Duomo Official Website – for more information click here

Tuscany tourist information website – for more information click here

Angular

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6 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

  1. Fantastic show of angles!! I love Siena and your posts not only contain lovely photos but also interesting cultural and historical background!!!
    Grazie infinite!

  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    I ecognize that last one from our trip in 2013 – love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • lizbert1 says:

      Thanks! Was there anywhere on your 2013 trip that you’d recommend as I’m going to be back down near Siena next month? Cheers for your comments!

      • Norm 2.0 says:

        You may want to check out San Gimignano about 40 kms from Siena. I believe it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The whole village was full of photographic and historical treasures.
        Enjoy and take lots of pictures to share 🙂

  3. Love the optical illusions.

    janet

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