Pope John 23 is reported to have said that if he goes to Paradise, he hopes to see the front of Duomo di Orvieto there. With the Sun shining on it, the facade is one of the most beautiful sights imaginable.It is a collection of stone and bronze sculptures from the 14th.century, mosaics from the 14th/19th century and Emilio Greco's bronze doors from the 1960s, and to say that the overall effect is exquisite does not do it justice. Pope John said it best.
Inside, the Capella di San Brizio is quite stunning. Fra Angelico started painting the vault in 1447, but when his skill came to the attention of the Pope, he was summoned to Rome - you do not query il Papa- and the other frescoes were started after half a century's delay in 1499 by Luca Signorelli di Cortona "famosissimus pictor in tota Italia".Some might query the last assessment, but there is no denying the strength and quality of his work; it is most impressive.
Behind the altar is a series of frescoes by Ugolino di Prete Ilario (who, I was informed was a pupil of Giotto). Certainly they are very reminiscent of the frescoes in the Capella di Scrovegni at Padova.
The whole scale of the building is quite magnificent and the sense of space is very marked. This is a sight not to be missed
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