Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015. With the event “Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015“, Accademia Chigiana opens to the world and to the intercultural and musical dialogue.

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Chigiana Academy

On this occasion, the famous Accademia Chigiana meets the big concert scene in an amazing series of events. There will be two months of performances with six thematic areas (Expanded Today, Legends, Factory, Mix, Off the Wall) and  with the most famous international stars and orchestras.

Borgo Grondaie wants to give you more detailed information about this Sienese “Excellence”.

Chigiana Academy

Th Academy Chigiana school is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious Italian musical institutions. Its founder, Count Guido Chigi Saracini, made it a real center of musical activity. His aim was to open the Academy to foreign students; in fact lots of them arrived in Siena in 1932 in order to attend the first musical course at Palazzo Chigi, held by famous musicians. Over the years, the number of students coming from all continents increased and today they  represent about 50 nations.

Count Guido Chigi Saracini (Siena 1880-1965), after inheriting a considerable fortune in 1906, he began to invest his wealth in order to promote the musical activities of his city. Among the major events organized by the Earl, there has been the execution in 1913 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in San Francesco church in Siena.

Later, after the end of World War I, the Count devoted himself to the renovation of the Palace in order to make it suitable to the needs of music. In particular, the Salon Concert was opened on November 22, 1923 with the first performance of the season, Micat in Vertice. After founding in 1932, the courses that would have made the Academmia Chigiana world famous, the Count created the Senese Music Week Festival in 1939, with the collaboration of Alfredo Casella.

Chigiana Academy

An important recognition, which is a symbol of the Academy is also the international prize “Accademia Musicale Chigiana“. Founded in 1982 and reached up to 2010, it has been created for young musicians. They were chosen by a jury composed by representatives of international music journalism, including Enrico Girardi (Il Corriere della Sera Milan), Andrew Clements (The Guardian, London), Peter Hagmann (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich), Julia Spinola (Frankfurter allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt), as well as the artistic director of the Accademia Chigiana.

The prize consisted, in addition to a sum of money, in a silver sculpture by Fritz König, a great contemporary artist who also designed the famous monument of the World Trade Center in New York.

Chigiana Academy

The Palace hosts many valuable collections. The art collection includes many items including paintings, sculptures, silvers, ivory and porcelain collection. The Academy has also an important collection of musical instruments consisting of approximately 100 instruments among violins, violas, cellos and basses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

There is also the library, which is definitely worth a visit. Inside you can find around 75,000 volumes. There are works of authors such as Palestrina, de Victoria, Frescobaldi, Arcadelt, Marenzio, Asola, Diruta, Gastoldi. And many others are manuscripts dating from the Renaissance to the 20th  century.

Chigiana Library

The Library is divided into the following sections:

Music library of about 30,000 volumes consisting of scores, scores and parts for the performance of symphonic pieces, autographs, manuscripts, librettos;

Literary library of about 20,000 volumes, consisting of texts and manuscripts belonging to the families and Chigi and Saracini;

Donation “Gigliucci” of about 5,000 volumes composed musical scores belonged to the famous singer Clara Novello;

Donation “Franco Capuana” of about 7,000 volumes and consists of scores and books that belonged to various conductor Franco Capuana;

Donation “Adelmo Damerini” Circus 6,000 volumes, consisting of books, magazines, sheet music, manuscripts and documents, belonged to Damerini, member of the Artistic Committee of the Academy Chigiana in the 50s of the twentieth century;

Donation “Stelio Maroli” of about 4,000 volumes and consists of scores and scores belonged to lying, former pianist of the Academymia Chigiana;

Journals with approximately 100 titles between ancient and modern.

Moreover you can find microfilm, letters, historical archives belonging to Chigi and Saracini families among which the most important collection of 65,000 letters of the Count.

During the year the Chigiana Academy organizes a concert schedule and program. The Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy is recognized as one of the most important festival in Italy. In particular this year the Festival will host  some famous artists such as: Max Richter, Daniele Pollini, Matthias Görne, William Kentridge, Roberto Prosseda, David Krakauer, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and many others.

For reservations and information please contact the call center at 366-8642092 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am, or contact the number 0577-220911. For the full program, visit the web site http://www.chigiana.it/

ILARIA SIMI

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The Duomo of Siena never stop to surprise! The Duomo of Siena represents one of the most important examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. According to tradition, the current one replaces the first church dedicated to Mary, built around the ninth century on the site where there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. We know that the building was consecrated in 1179 in the presence of Pope Alexander III Bandinelli of Siena.

Siena Cathedral

One of the major attractions that you can see inside the Duomo are the beautiful floors. Just this year, on the occasion of Expo Milan 2015, the Opera della Metropolitana of Siena presents the floors totally uncovered from 1st to 31 of July. It is an extraordinary opening, without precedent, in addition to the usual opening on 18th August, after the Palio of the Assumption, until 27 October.

Cathedral floors

Generally the precious marble floor is protected from trampling of tourists and faithful, but every year it is “discovered” in order to be admired by visitors that come to Siena. This is the floor “the most beautiful, big and magnificent” that had never been done, according to the famous definition of Vasari.

Cathedral floors

It is the result of a complex iconographic program made through the centuries, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. The technique used is that of the graffiti and made with marble from the local area such as brocade yellow, gray marble and the green one coming from Montagnola Crevole. The visit of the floor can be carried out with the audiovideoguide, media tablets that allow listening to the text-guide. In addition to the floor you can also visit the Opera Museum where you can find the Hall of Statues and lots of mosaics containing the symbols of the allied cities of Siena. In the Hall of Sketch realized on carton, (the entrance is near to the the entrance to “Maestà” by Duccio Buoninsegna), you can see the famous map of the floor of the cathedral drawn by Giovanni Paciarelli in 1884. From here you can also access to the Crypt, under the floor and Baptistry.

At the same time, for those who want to see the floor from above with a guided tour, you can book the itinerary Opa Pass Plus. In this way you can have the chance to access the museum and visit the famous and so-called “Gate of sky ” (Porta del Cielo).

“The gate of Sky”

After long renovations, starting from 1st March of the last year and until 31 October 2015, it is possible to admire the “heaven” of the Duomo, a series of rooms never open to the public. The magnificent facade of the cathedral is flanked by two massive towers that lead to the “heaven” of the Duomo. It is possible to walk on the sacred temple and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views in and out of the cathedral. Looking out the left aisle you can admire spectacular views of San Domenico Church, the Fortress, the whole dome of San Giovanni Battista chapel and the surrounding landscape up to the Montagnola Senese.

In addition to this there is also a new initiative, the so-called “Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”. It will take place in Piazza Jacopo della Quercia in Siena from July 24th to September 30th 2015. For this occasion the Municipality of Siena and the Opera Metro Siena, in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civita, have decided to organize this initiative in order to promote the Duomo of Siena complex. You will be able to watch a video mapping which will tell the story of the city and of the Duomo of Siena. It is a visual experience in five acts that will tell the history of a unique place in the world. It is a worldwide trend: to bring to life the historical monuments and talk about their identities. A mix of visual poetry and narrative thought for a Italian and foreign public. The event will take place every day of the week, in multiple languages, from July to September, with two projections for the evening, after sunset.

“Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”

Price
Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 4,00
from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28 free entrance for Cathedral and € 2,00 for Library

Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 7,00
Museum and Panorama € 7,00
Crypt € 6,00 (€ 8,00 in the case of extraordinary events)
Baptistery € 4,00

Opa Si Pass all inclusive (not including the tour Gate of Heaven)
€ 12,00 from 03/01 to 10/31,
€ 8.00 from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28,
€ 10,00 from 12/26 to 01/06.

Gate of Heaven, visit to the roof of the Duomo, Cathedral and Piccolomini’s Library
(Segue gli stessi orari di apertura al pubblico della Cattedrale)

Gate of Heaven € 15,00

Opa si Pass + Gate of Heaven
€ 20,00 01/03 – 31/10,
€ 15,00 26/12 – 01/06

Booking € 1,00 for person

REDUCTIONS AND SCHOOLS

Museum for schools € 3,00 – € 6,00 groups of 15 pax
Baptistery for schools € 1,50 – € 2,50 groups of 15 pax
Crypt for schools € 3,00 – € 5,00 groups of 15 pax
Cathedral € 2,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) € 5,00 schools and groups of 15 pax; € 4,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
HOURS
Cathedral, Library, Museum, Panorama, Crypt, Baptistery
1 march – 2 november 10:30 – 19:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 18:00
3 november – 28 february 10:30 – 17:30 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
26 december – 6 january 10:30 – 18:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
Uncovering Floor Period Cathedral Festive 9:30 – 18.00
Cathedral Sunday opening only for the month of March: 13:30 – 17:30.

From 1 to 31 July, the Cathedral on holidays close at 19.00.

Last admission half an hour before the closing time of the Museum.

ILARIA SIMI

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Chianti, a sip of culture! Today we leave from Borgo Grondaie to explore one of the most famous areas of Tuscany, Chianti. Especially known for the production of the wine of the same name, the Chianti hills are located in a vast area between the towns of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti are the “historical” municipalities of the region. These three villages were the ancient terzieri (subdivision of several towns) of the Chianti League, set up as a defensive community under the auspices of the Florentine republic in fourteenth century. The coat of arms of the League was a Black Cock on a gold background, an image that became the symbol of Chianti Classico.

 

Emblem for the Chianti League

Emblem for the Chianti League

 

Let’s start our virtual tour with the town of Gaiole in Chianti located between Chianti and Valdarno, near the Massellone stream. Thanks to its strategic position, the country has always been a commercial center for the surrounding villages and castles, and because of this function, it was never fortified. What makes Gaiole a magical place is the presence of castles and ancient churches such as the church of Santa Maria of Spaltenna and Meleto and Brolio Castels. Meleto Castle was an ancient property of a feudal family. Its structure still has a military setting, with the presence of two cylindrical towers placed at the edge of the southern ramparts. Inside there are several furnished rooms decorated in eighteenth-century style and a theater with a stage and an original set design. Various medieval festivals and gala dinners are held in the Castle. Brolio Castle, of Lombard origin, since Middle Ages is the property of the Florentine noble family Ricasoli, which meant the building of a massive fortification due to the danger of its strategic location. Since the twelfth century, Ricasoli Family began production of the famous Chianti Classico and today it is the most ancient and long-lived winery in the world.

 

Meleto Castle  - Gaiole in Chianti

Meleto Castle – Gaiole in Chianti

 

Brolio Castle - Gaiole in Chianti

Brolio Castle – Gaiole in Chianti

 

castello di Brolio wine

Castello di Brolio wine

 

Radda in Chianti is a village near Siena surrounded by walls. Between an alley and other, it is not difficult to find many restaurants and wine bars to taste excellent local wines. Noteworthy is the Podestà Palace, headquarters of the Chianti League. You can visit the Museum of Sacred Art that houses several masterpieces of the fifteenth century. Those who were in the proximity of this picturesque medieval village in late May, can’t miss the opportunity to attend the event named Radda in the Glass, which this year will take place on 30 and 31 May 2015. During the event you can taste with producer best wines of Radda in Chianti with producers. Also in the days of Radda in Glass will be held an exhibition of Renaissance clothing in the ancient prisons of the Podestà Palace.

 

Podestà Palace .- Radda in Chianti

Podestà Palace – Radda in Chianti

 

Radda in the Glass event poster

Radda in the Glass event poster

 

Third and last village of “Historical Chianti” is Castellina in Chianti, of Etruscan origin, surrounded by crenellated walls. Thanks to its strategic location, since the Middle Ages it has been the center of historical events and battles. The old town has a medieval structure, as it is shown by the countless alleys and Via delle Volte, a covered road set against the ancient walls. Among the places of interest we find the Medieval Fortress and the crenellated tower of the Church of San Salvatore that overlook the town square. The fortress now houses the town hall but was an ancient fortress of the fifteenth century. The neo-Romanesque church of San Salvatore dates from the sixteenth century. Inside we can admire an important fresco representing the Madonna Enthroned, ascribed to Bicci di Lorenzo (1373-1452), a wooden statue of the Renaissance of St. Barnabas, former patron of Castellina. Castellina in Chianti is also the center of the Tuscan gastronomic culture thanks to the presence of numerous wineries where you can taste the famous Chianti wine. In May there is the Pentecost in Castellina with wine tastings, traditional performances, street food and craft markets.

 

View of Castellina in Chianti

View of Castellina in Chianti

 

San Salvatore Church in Castellina in Chianti

San Salvatore Church in Castellina in Chianti

 

Via delle Volte - Castellina in Chianti

Via delle Volte – Castellina in Chianti

 

medieval Fortress - Castellina in Chianti

Medieval Fortress – Castellina in Chianti

 

 

GIORGIA BRANCATO

 

 

Journey between nature and art at the Chianti Sculpture Park of Pievasciate, in the province of Siena. On the way to this little village, arriving from neighboring towns such as Ponte a Bozzone, Pianella, Vagliagli and Gaiole, visitors will be amazed to find strange and bizarre sculptures such as giants peppers, red telephone boxes and statues that are spaced out with cypresses, presaging the arrival to the Chianti Sculpture Park. The park was born from the idea of spouses Giadrossi who decided to use an area of seven acres of a pristine forest of oak trees the creation of a permanent outdoor exhibition of contemporary artwork.

 

Yu Zhao Yang - Struzzi Metropolitani - Chianti Sculpture Park

Yu Zhao Yang – Metropolitan Ostriches – Chianti Sculpture Park

 

Peperoni - Parco Sculture Chianti

Peppers – Chianti sculpture park

 

Cabine telefoniche - Parco sculture del chianti

Telephone boxes- Chianti sculpture park

 

The sculptures were made by great contemporary artists from twenty-six countries. After a thorough inspection of the area where their work would be exposed, they tried to create sculptures fully integrated with the surrounding nature. The presence of sculptors from different countries helps to make the park a multicultural place. Each artist has brought something new to the exhibition through the use of different materials: marble, granite, glass or modern installations like neon lights and sounds.

 

Energia - Costa Varatsos - Parco Sculture del Chianti

Energy – Costa Varatsos – Chianti sculpture park

Labirinto -  Jeff Sawar - Parco Sculture del Chianti

Labyrinth – Jeff Sawar – Chianti sculpture park

 

 

Through their sculptures, artists want to convey some messages: in the park there are works with aesthetic purposes and other that are about social issues. Among them, there are the “Rainbow” made by Italian Federica Marangoni which symbolize the fragility of nature and the “Faith and Illusion” from Dolorosa Sinaga, representing the disillusionment towards progress. Very popular is the “Labyrinth” of English Jeff Saward with interactive installations and the sculpture of The “Leapfrog” of Dominic Benhura, one of the best-known exponents of the African tribe art of the Shona, that presents a game played by children.

Fede e Illusione- Dolorosa Sinaga- Parco delle Sculture del Chianti

Faith and Illusion- Dolorosa Sinaga- Chianti sculpture park

 

The leapfrog – Domenic Benhura – Chianti sculpture park

 

Arcobaleno - Federica Marangoni - Parco sculture del Chianti

Rainbow – Federica Marangoni – Chianti sculpture park

 

The park is also important for its Amphitheater surrounded by nature, that enjoys an excellent acoustics. The steps can accommodate up to 250 spectators. Outdoor events are often held, mostly in the months of July and August, with concerts of jazz, opera, tango and many other entertainments. This year the concert season will start on July 14th and will end on August 18th. Chianti Sculpture Park is opened daily from 10:00 am to sunset. The cost of ticket is € 10.00 Adults, € 5.00 children under 16 years.

 

Anfiteatro - Parco  Sculture

Amphitheatre – Chianti sculpture park

 

 

GIORGIA BRANCATO

 


Turisti per casa is the name of the guided themed  tours  that every second and fourth Sunday of the month, until February  2014 will take place in the Pinacoteca di Siena at 11 am, just before lunch . Why not to tale advantage from 20% discount that some restaurants  recognize if you show the Pinacoteca ticket



 

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Borgo Grondaie has a special love for  this museum ,  that is why we have  chosen it as the venue for the 2013 edition of the Digital Invasions  Event. In this regard there is this very interesting  post written by Dominique Papi Cipriani, a professional photographer known  at the time of the  Digital Invasion, who recounts with sincere gratitude the experience of that day.


We join with enthusiasm  this initiative, which has allowed us to investigate the origins of the  Pinacoteca collection  and become aware of curiosities related to certain works such as the Santa Petronilla Altarpiece by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the dramatic story of the beautiful Ghismunda from Bernardino Mei .
The event is organized by the guides of Siena (Federagit) with the support of Confesercenti of Siena.
Therefore it’s a pleasure to  share with you  the calendar of next visits,  time and topics and invite you to participate because it is really worth it.

sottotetto duomo

It took months of work but on  April the 6th the Cathedral of Siena opens its attics that were never opened to the public.
With an experienced guide you walk  spiral staircases almost hidden from visitors’ view and  in small groups you are taken over the vaulted stars of the right aisle. From there it begins a journey where view range from inside to outside the cathedral. You can visit Ulisse De Matteis windows with the representation of the Apostles and the gallery where you can admire the view on the main altar. From the left aisle  visitors can admire a breathtaking view of the Basilica of San Domenico, the Medici Fortress and the entire cupola of St. John the Baptist.
Much more is to discover if you decide to  participate in an event of historical and emotional impact like no other, organized by Opera – Civita Group
For information  www.operaduomo.siena.it

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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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The Majesty of Simone Martini inside the Public Place of Siena is by sure one of the masterpiece of 14th Century.

Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie has already posted articles regarding the Public Palace and its beauties  and  the cycle of frescoes painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Inside the PublicPalace there is a beautiful room called “Mappamondo (World Map Hall)” , the place where the Grand Council Of Nine Delegates met. The room takes its name from a work unfortunately lost. It was a rotating disc made of wood and parchment on which Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted a map representing all the possessions of Siena. Now it remains only the signs on the wall that the rotator motion produced. Under these signs, it’s possible to see the remains of a fresco painted by Duccio.

 

In this room the work that better represents the political mindset of the Government of Nine is definitely the Majesty of Simone Martini, completed and signed in 1315 (restored later, in 1321). The fresco is one of the most lofty masterpiece of all Gothic painting in Siena.
Under a canopy supported by eight apostles, the Virgin Mary and Child sit on the throne surrounded by angels, saints and other apostles. The large band that frames the composition includes 20 medallions with figures of Christ, prophets, and evangelists. In the Court that surrounds the Virgin, the angels hand out cups full of flowers and the four patron saints of Siena (S. Ansano and S. Crescenzio -kneeling on the bottom left- S. Vittore and S. Savino -kneeling at the bottom right).
Simone Martini, in his masterpiece, differs from the rigidity of Byzantine tradition that can be seen, for example, in the Majesty painted by Duccio di Buoninsegna. It’s possible to see this difference observing the naturalness and human nature of Our Lady’s face, and also the movement of the canopy and the garments, the figures that almost seem to sway and the brightness of pure gold of the throne and haloes.

Representing the image of “Our Lady”, the rulers of Siena want to pay homage to the Virgin. The choice of the fresco demonstrates the desire to create something lasting in order to extend  the message to the future generations. More specifically, this message is the Virgin’s  direct warning  the  the rulers and their governance in order to have always Her protection.
This concept of the common good finds its consecration in the fresco cycle painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and dedicated to the Effects of Good and Bad Government .

Sources: “Tutta Siena contrada per contrada”by Pietro Torriti / “Storia di Siena ” by Barzanti, Catoni, De Gregorio.

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Sansedoni Palace in Siena is located in Piazza del Campo and it is the most noble palace after the Town Hall. Easily recognizable by its majestic façade made of red bricks, the building has a tower with a rhomboid plan. The tower, built in conjunction with the first part of the palace in the middle of 1200, was 62 meters high, but later it was demolished and today it remains only a part.


The architectural story of the building is very complex, it provides, in fact, over time, for the unification of different distinct dwellings. As previously mentioned, the first news about the building is around the middle of 1200, then a document of 1340 attests to its expansion, finally a total revision between 1600 and 1700 leads to the final renovation thanks to which it’s possible to admire the unique façade that follow the curve of the square and reproduces the style of the Palazzo Pubblico with the new Gothic current typical of the Baroque period.

The building owes its name to one of the most prestigious Sienese families which orders its construction during Middle Ages. The first news about Sansedoni family dates back to 1174 when Sansedonio di Martino is elected consul of Siena. The family soon becomes one of the most famous of the city with members elected to major public offices.
One of the
leading figure is Ambrogio Sansedoni (1220-1286), a Dominican friar who was ambassador to the Pope Gregory X and he managed to revoke the excommunication of the city. Another person worth mentioning is Rutilio Sansedoni built a chapel in honor of Ambrogio Sansedoni, a real baroque jewel where still nowdays the Mass for the anniversary of his death is celebrated.

The interior of the building has beautiful decorations, precious polychrome marbles, inlaid stones and bronzes, the typical splendour of the Medici court to which the Sansedoni’s were devoted . The frescoes with mythological allegorical subjects were painted by members of the Florentine school as Anton Domenico Gabbiani (1697), Francesco and Giuseppe Melani (1726), Giovanni Domenico Ferretti Pietro Anderlini (1745).

Sources: Siena On line / Archivio di Stato Firenze / Siena aperto per restauro.

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Following the procedure of previous posts about Piazza del Campo (Campo Square), we can not forget Fonte Gaia (Gaia Fountain).

In 1343 the Government of “Nine Delegated” decided to bring water to the Campo Square.

The first fountain was inaugurated in the general joy of the citizens ( hence seems to derive the name Gaia = joyful).

Placed in the upper part of the square, the fountain was fed by a subterranean water system still known today as the “bottini of Siena”.

In the early years of the Fifteenth century, more precisely from 1409 to1419, the fountain was replaced by that of Jacopo della Quercia. His work remains one of the most important masterpiece in the sculpture of the Fifteenth century in a period of transition from Gothic to Renaissance.

Jacopo della Quercia placed in the middle of the fountain the marble statues representing Virgin Mary and Jeus with two angels which are followed by Theological Virtues, Cardinal Virtues and Justice; later he added other sculpters depicting the Creation of Adam and the Fall from Paradise;

in the end the two statues representing Acca Larentia and Rea Silvia (Romolo and Remo’s mother and nurce).The marble statues made by Jacopo della Quercia remained in the Campo Square until

the mid-nineteenth century when, outworn by then, they were replaced by copies (the ones we see today) made by Tito Sarrocchi.

The originals are now in a room of The Museum “Santa Maria della Scala” in front of the Cathedral of Siena.

 

From the book: “Tutta Siena contrada per contrada” by Piero Torriti

 

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