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.