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Orvieto Cathedral: Marble private chapel with scene of the Visitation

posted on 2017-07-03, 00:00 authored by G. Massiot & cie
Located in niche, to the right, immediately under the pipes of the organ.\u000a\u000aA document of 1290 states that the new building should be modelled on S Maria Maggiore in Rome. This apparently influenced the early rectangular plan as well as, for example, the original semicircular apse, columnar piers in the nave and the attached half columns used on the exterior flanks. It may also have influenced the rather unusual decision to decorate the facade with mosaics, although the layout and choice of subject-matter differ greatly from those of S Maria Maggiore. The building materials of the cathedral best reflect the local traditions, with foundations and main skeleton of tufa, alternating rows of travertine and basalt delineating the distinctive exterior, and more costly stones (e.g. red marble from Sosselvole and white from Carrara) reserved for the fa\u00E7ade. Work on the fa\u00E7ade resumed in 1337, and the level of the rose window had been reached by 1348; in 1359 Andrea di Cione Orcagna supervised work on this part of the facade. The facade mosaics, put on from the second half of the 14th century, rapidly deteriorated and were extensively restored from the 17th century.


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Duomo di Orvieto

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Spatial Coverage

Orvieto Cathedral (Orvieto, Umbria, Italy): Piazza del Duomo|Orvieto|+42.71701+12.113274

Temporal Coverage

before or circa 1910

Cultural Context

Gothic (Medieval)

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To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.

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