Exciting exhibitions underway at Siena’s Piazza del Duomo
Art lovers heading to Siena this summer will be in for a treat, as the city’s central Piazza del Duomo will be hosting two exciting exhibitions, showcasing both classical and contemporary art. They are situated close to many of our luxury villas in Tuscany, meaning they are a great attraction to visit should you fancy a day trip in Siena.
The first, originally unveiled to the public on June 29, is the intricate marble floors which can be found inside Siena Cathedral. These are normally covered up, and so it will be a huge treat to marvel at the floors’ detailed designs. Created between the 1300s and the 1800s, the narratives making up the designs were painstakingly laid out over many centuries. Among the artists who contributed to the work, using elaborate etching techniques, were Domenico di Bartolo, Matteo di Giovanni and Domenico Beccafumi. The floors will be open for visitors to witness until July 31, and will then open up again from August 18 to October 26.
Meanwhile, the Santa Maria della Scala museum complex will also be hosting the exhibition Francesco Clemente: Winter Flowers in New York. The exhibition will showcase ten never-seen-before unpublished paintings by acclaimed contemporary Neapolitan artist Francesco Clemente. After he created the drappellone for the Palio di Siena, the main prize of the prestigious event, Clemente worked with curator Max Seidel on two distinct painting cycles created for a special solo show in Siena. Inspired by several varieties of flowers, Winter Flowers in New York was created over a period of five years. The museum will be hosting the exhibition until October 2.
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