In 1979 six members of the local speleological team of UTEC of Narni, in Umbria, below the ruins of an ancient Domenican monastery, discovered a small hole, covered by dense bushes and thick grass.
The first room was an old church built in XII-XIII century, with its frescoes covered by a thin layer of limestone. Thanks to local sponsors and volunteers started the work of restoration. Thus emerged paintings by Umbrian artists of the Middle Ages… read on.
British Library, Add MS 11695, detail of f. 147v. Beatus of Liébana, Commentary on the Apocalypse. 1091-1109
Medieval church. #medieval, #church, #buildings, #architecture, #paintings, #stone #prague (Taken with Instagram at St. George’s Basilica)
I never did go to Prague…
Chartres Cathedral by peeveyr
So they went to the clean little chapel in the village and thanked God for His mercies.They kneeled between the frescoed walls, where some important-looking saints with blue haloes were standing on tiptoe to avoid foreshortening…
‘The Once and Future King,’ TH White
Detail of Westminster Retable, oldest surviving altarpiece in England (c. 1270)
After the Dissolution of the monasteries at the English Reformation, the retable panel was made into the lid of a chest, with the main painted side facing down. The chest was used to store wax funeral effigies of English monarchs, and the painting was not rediscovered until 1725, when it was drawn by Vertue (British Library). In 1778 serious damage was caused when the chest was modified into a cupboard or display case to show the funeral effigy of Pitt the Elder. Not until 1827, when the Retable was seen by the architect Edward Blore, then Surveyor of the Abbey, published in The Gentleman’s Magazine and removed from the chest and set in a glazed frame, was it regarded as anything other than a curiosity by the Abbey.
Detail of the Westminster Retable, oldest surviving altarpiece in England (c. 1270)
The Coronation of the Virgin
apsidal mosaic of St. Mary Major (Rome) by Jacopo Torriti, 1296
Miracle of Our Lady of the Sign