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THE MAJESTY PAINTED BY DUCCIO. SIENA. Opera del Duomo

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Today we are going to speak about  wonderful Majesty  painted by Duccio Buoninsegna.  This great artist was able to melt the precious Byzantine style with the French Gothic.

The Majesty of Duccio was commissioned in 1308 to be placed above the High Altar of the Cathedral of Siena. On June 9th 1311, all the enthusiastic citizens carried the Majesty in procession from Duccio’s laboratory to the Cathedral.

The first thing that draw the attention is its complexity.
The great altarpiece was painted on both sides. On the front, which faced the nave, there was the representation of Our Lady seated on the Throne with Child, surrounded by angels and saints. The first four kneeling saints are the patrons of Siena: Ansano, Savino, Crescenzio and Vittore. On the other side, on the back, Duccio painted 26 panels which represented the Passion and Resurrection of Christ (among these the biggest panel is dedicated to the Crucifixion).
The altar piece was originally decorated with a wooden strip (with stories of Jesus’ childhood and life) and a gothic crowning (gable) describing life scenes of Virgin Mary and Christ. In 1505, the Majesty was moved to the altar of S. Sebastian and in 1771 the masterpiece was cut to separate the front side from the back and remove other panels. During this operation  the Gothic frame was destroyed. In 1878 the Majesty, so sectioned, left the Cathedral and was definitively transferred to the Opera del Duomo Museum in Siena, where it still lies today. Unfortunately, during this transfer, some panels were lost and others “traveled” towards foreign museums and collections.
With the Majesty Duccio completed his painting experience on the thirteen century and he became a source of inspiration and a teacher for the following century.

Source:” Tutta Siena Contrada per Contrada” by  Pietro Torriti

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Marilyn Monroe in Florence

 Marilyn Monroe in Florence

An exhibition dedicated to the most celebrated and beloved star of Holliwood: Marilyn Monroe who was not only an actress but an unforgettable icon of style. The exhibition wants to suggest it again thanks to shoes and costumes of her most well-known movies, to photos and works of art which portray her.

The exhibition will take place in Florence, very close to Siena, till January 28th, 2013 at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and it was this important fashion designer, Ferragamo, who created for her, through the diva’s most famous period, the 14 pairs of shoes displayed at the exhibition.

Openings times: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Tuesday)

Tickets: € 6,00

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EXHIBITION: ” THE THIRTIES. ARTS IN ITALY BEYOND FASCISM “. FROM SEPTEMBER 22ND 2012 TO JANUARY 27TH 2013. FLORENCE.

 EXHIBITION:  THE THIRTIES. ARTS IN ITALY BEYOND FASCISM . FROM SEPTEMBER 22ND 2012 TO JANUARY 27TH 2013. FLORENCE.

The exhibition will be held at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence,  just 1 hour’s drive from Siena and it will end on January 27th , 2013.
In the Thirties, during the Fascism, there was a battle of great artistic vitality that saw involved all the trends of the decade, from Classicism to Futurism, from Expressionism to Abstract art, monumental art, decorative painting and design.

The exhibition is represented through a hundred paintings, sculptures and other objects of design realized by important artists such as De Chirico and Guttuso.
Through a series of specially activities, visitors can also explore some of the key themes of the exhibition such as the mass communication and the industrial design
Opening times: every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For information call: +39 055 2645155

 
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TAROT GARDEN, CAPALBIO (GR)

 TAROT GARDEN, CAPALBIO (GR)

The Tarot Garden is an art park developed in the late seventies by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, populated by statues inspired by the shapes of the Tarots. Definitely inspired by the beautiful park Guell in Barcelona, Niki de Saint Phalle, with this fantastic garden, realizes the magical and spiritual dream of her life, to create giant sculptures, high around 12/15 meters, full of symbolic and esoteric meanings. Glittering sculptures, which seem to come from a storybook, built of steel and concrete, covered with mosaics in fine glass and ceramics. Many, from all over the world have already traveled this path of imagination, a place where not only nature and art meet, but that also remains suspended without space or time … ..

 
The park is located on the southern side of the Garavicchio hill near Pescia Fiorentina, an hamlet close to Capalbio (GR). It is about 1 ½ hours from Siena and being located between the coastal road  and inland hills, it is perfect solution for those who want to spend a pleasant day taking a nice break from the beach.

 
The park is open every day until October 15th  from 2:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

 
For more information contact Hotel Borgo Grondaie

 

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STORIFY- what to do in Siena when it’s raining

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