Sunday, September 25, 2011
Dr. Talvacchia, Renaissance Art History Professor, welcomes us to Or San Michele, the museum that is a former 14th century granary. The statues on the exterior are of patron saints, and were commissioned by powerful trade guilds.
Inside, the space is impressive in scale, and the original statues are collected for us to study. It's quite an opportunity to be able to see these works right in front of us!
The four soldier saints, Quattro Santi Coronati, by Nanni di Banco, representing the stonemasons’ and carpenters’ guild, are almost the last stop on our tour of Or San Michele’s sculptural wonders.
But, in the end, the view from the top of Or San Michele proved just as impressive as the sights leading up to it. We spent some time here photographing and drawing before coming back to terra firma.