It’s been a while since I viewed this kind of art up close…a long while.
This altar is one of the first things I saw. I When I approached this huge altar piece all I could think about Is that at one time, for probably hundreds of years, Holy Mass was celebrated just below it. The detail is so intricate, and my cell phone picture doesn’t really do it justice. This is a “carved catechism” and its stunning.
This one has a much more famous look to it. Many of these paintings are nearly identical. Its almost like the artists tried to either outdo each other or copy each other from memory. Perhaps the similarity comes from icon tradition. I'm not an art scholar, so anyone who wants to chime in please do.
Here we see the Pope approving the rule of St. Francis. How appropriate for this 800th anniversary of the order! This was painted I think just about 100 years after its approval.
This is only part of a painting. Here we see St. Gregory saying mass as Christ comes down off of the crucifix.
I tried to “unfuzzy” this one a bit and was only somewhat successful. The colors are even more impressive in person. I love this stuff!
Part II as soon as I get the other photos off my phone.