Sunday, August 31

Little Chapel On The Hill


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In Siena they're building a church -the Cattedrale dell'Assunta. They've worked on it for maybe eight hundred years. It looks at least that long until they'll finish.No, probably it will never be finished in its most ambitious form. Seems that they once hoped it would be the world's largest Christian temple. So they began an attempt to more than double the size of their massive Duomo. However The Plague interrupted in the mid 1300s, killing tens of thousands and leaving Sienna a tiny town in its wake. One no longer able to mount such a massive effort. Eventually they returned to ehnancing the existing cathedral, which is the church that's still under construction today. And I'm certain that understanding it would be the lifetime work of scholars.

Not having that time... I was left with only enough moments to try to bring home a sense of awe.

8 comments:

pnfphotography said...

One wild looking image and one tallllllll building too I might add beautiful really. As always you put your own spin on it :)

John Roberts said...

Your selected framing and viewpoint enhances the sense of wonder as one views the soaring, vaulted ceiling. Well done!

Ted said...

(PNF) Thanks Deb. I've been wrestling with the whole idea of tall. I've found that robust dimensions seem hard for me to convey inside our two dimensional frames. Which is why I chose this image. Glad you felt the work paid off.

(John) Again, thanks John. It's nice to think I've been able to get the vastness of this place across inside of the tiny dimensions of the frames in which we have to do our work.

Bill Birtch said...

A sense of awe? Yup, works for me. Fantastic image.

Ted said...

(Bill) Well, from the master of dramatic enhancement, I am very complimented. Thanks.

Andreas said...

Which you perfectly did. The composition is keen and right into my face. Love it. Funny, I have been in Siena, but I can't remember having been in there. In the Franciscan and Dominican churches, yes, but there? Memory's gone :)

Ted said...

(Andreas) It is the Duomo of Sienna...

Andreas said...

Yeah, I know, I remember it from the outside, but not from the inside, though I can't but expect that I must have been in it. I am quite thorough when it comes to churches :)