In Siena stands one of the finest churches in all of Italy – the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, also known simply as “The Duomo” (Cathedral.) Begun in 1229 and completed in 1264, it would have been torn down and replaced by a million other more “modern structures” like parking garages, movie theaters, and maybe a couple of grocery stores if it had been built in the US where we don’t preserve our history very well.

Thankfully, Italians prize their history and so this church still stands proudly on the highest point of the Old Medieval town. Inside the church, on the right side of the transept, in the Chappella Chigi, you’ll find this statue by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini. It is St. Jerome playing the crucifix like a violinist lost in beautiful music

Bernini style was influenced by the pictorial and it is clear from this statue he had the uncommon ability to translate the two-dimensional painting concept into three dimensional beauty. I am often amazed that a piece of stone can be worked to such a fluid extent using tools made of metal.

Shot with Nikon D-3 & 80-200mm f/2.8 ED AF Nikkor at 80mm.


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