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Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 23, 2013

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

The colorful Pinturicchio frescoes of the Piccolomini Library are stunning. The wall panels depict the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (1405-64), later Pope Pius II, and were commissioned by his nephew Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, in 1492. The ceiling panels depict mythological subjects.

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

The statue visible below is the Three Graces, a Roman copy of the Greek original:

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Liturgical manuscripts:

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral

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3 Responses to “Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral”

  1. Judy Montel said

    drat – drooled all over the keyboard again!

  2. pam said

    My eyes are completely overwhelmed. Being in the very presence of all of this – I would have been stunned into silence and would have most certainly forgotten I was carrying a camera!

    • I forgot to mention how little time I had! We were about to leave the cathedral and saw people going into a side room. You had to keep moving in a continuous circuit around the room, so I had to take these photos really fast, in one round. Wish I could have stayed longer!

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