My early followers know of my love and borderline obsession with all things Visigoth (Luckily living in Spain I have the chance to visit these beauties for free whenever I want)
This votive cross (reverse view here) was found with among other precious pieces in the Treasure of Guarrazar. The delicate attention to detail makes this piece quite spectacular.
Castillo de Gormaz
Location: Gormaz, Soria, Spain
c. 10th century
Spain never ceases to surprise me with it’s hidden treasures. I have visited Soria and surrounding villages and somehow missed this awesome 10th century Muslim fortress. Needless to say, I will be figuring this into my travel plans this fall for sure.
The Camera di San Paolo, Parma. The more famous of the two painted chambers in this élite nunnery, here we find our friend Correggio in action yet again. Made shortly after the Stanza dell’Araldi, these frescoes speak a different visual language (1518-19 versus 1514). The segmented vaults are decorated in trompe l’oeil garlands and putti, who appear as though through windows. The grisaille lunettes below contrast with the rich colours of the vault, and depict Classical figures, such as the three graces (visible to the far right). The patron here is Giovanna, as in the Stanza dell’Araldi.
My great friend and amazing medieval historian, Flora Ward has started a blog sharing her personal photos and tidbits from her time abroad. Please take a moment to see what she’s sharing!