Sunday, March 29, 2009
A Day of Churches in Verona
We explored 7 churches in Verona, each unique and beautiful. I learned that you can not judge the richness of the interior by just observing the architecture of the outside and when inside, you have to walk through the side chapels and around the choirstall to find hidden masterpieces. We balanced our day of lessons by sitting in the pews listening to an organ recital and stopping for our boost of cappuccino.
Just to show that I did learn ( and retain) something on this trip, I have a new favorite artist, Giulio Ramono. He created many masterpieces in the late 16th century, was a pupil of Raphael, and is identified as a "mannerist". His use of Trompe L'oeil (which means to mislead the eye) can open a ceiling to the sky. His characters are spirited and larger than life, and sometimes quite provocative.....see why I am intrigued?
The best examples were in Montova at the Palazzo Ducale, a "hunting lodge" owned by the Gonzaga family but I could not take pictures inside. I'll be looking for his work when we make our trip to Rome in May.......more Churches!!!