standing on the word
testimony in mosaics
Built atop the ruins of a temple, some reports claim, that had worshipped Minerva (Athena in Greek), stands the Duomo Siena (Siena Cathedral) built from 1215 AD to 1348 AD in a mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles.
Following the liberation of the city by allied forces at the end of WWII in July 1944, the Bishop of Siena called on the city to renew its devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus by commissioning bronze doors for the middle door of Siena Cathedral’s West Entrance.
These doors (featured above) were offered in thanksgiving to St. Mary to whom the city had prayed for salvation from the bombardments that had afflicted neighboring Tuscany cities, a fate from which Siena somehow had been miraculously spared.
Wasting little time these bronze doors were completed in two years and installed on August 16, 1946 (see closeup details below).
Trivia: Siena Cathedral’s Piccolomini Altarpiece’s designer took a chance on a young artist and allowed him to sculpt the altar’s figure of David. The world will come to know that young artist later in his life as Michelangelo.
Siena Cathedral is famous for its gobsmacking mosaic marble inlay on its entire floor—the work of over 40 Sienese artists over countless centuries (see photo below). The pattern is meant to look like a massive intricate carpet.
The mosaics depict incredibly cohesive narrative scenes/stories from the Old Testament. The floor is protected under cover. Some portions are put on display from August 18 to the end of October, each year.
Siena Cathedral, Italy wider angle:
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