Siena Cathedral - The marble floor gets a new light

Photo via https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

Photo via https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

We can curse social media for its dark side but we can also embrace the positive aspects such as the ability to have a wealth of interesting information at your finger tips. I usually stick to Twitter for my main source of news and events in the art/history world however LinkedIn has proven to be active as well. Thanks to my participation in a group focused on European artwork and sculpture I came across this bit of news. Thanks to Roberto Alborghetti for sharing his blog post. (Original post here)

Siena Cathedral will be showcasing its marble floor with a light show to simulate what the medieval travellers would have seen upon visiting this iconic cathedral. This project is spearheaded by Opera Civita, in cooperation with the Opera della Metropolitana, both contributing to the visual enhancement of the marble floor. You can experience this until July 31. Then it will be open again from August 18 - October 28, 2018.

I visited Siena Cathedral 13 years ago and it still stands as one of the most impressive and magnificent cathedrals I have ever seen. (I have been to A LOT). The marble, columns, busts of Popes... there is so much to take it. It was an overwhelming experience. This was before I started my art history degree so all I could really do was appreciate what I found beautiful. If you are in the Siena area, I encourage you to visit the cathedral and see this light show. I agree wholeheartedly with with Giorgio Vasari in that the cathedral and floor is one the most beautiful ever made.


EXHIBITION - Stop and smell the ancient Greek roses (literally)

Fragrances found in antiquity revived for first ever scent focused exhibition at Athens museum

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The exhibition features 340 antiquities from the collections of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.


Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

As a history buff (though it may be hard to believe I am truly interested in a vast array of history, not just medieval) I get very excited to see new approaches to sharing history with the public. Museums have the unique opportunity to innovate the way we experience history and learn about our past. Typically we are visually engaged and if permitted, we are able to touch replicas of certain pieces to have a tactile experience as well. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens has gone to the next level and to celebrate their 150 years have an exhibition inviting visitors to discover the scents of antiquity. That's right..SCENTS. 

What were the fragrances that were wafting around ancient Greece when our beloved fellow humans were wandering along the coast of the Mediterranean? Chemists resurrected the scent of Aphrodite’s Rose for this groundbreaking exhibition, the first of its kind in the world.