Monday, 31 December 2007
In 1606 Pope Paul V sanctioned a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Seven Churches in Monselice as carrying the equivalent plenary indulgences of a pilgrimage to the seven Roman basilicas. The design of this analogous interpretation of Rome situated on a hillside in the Veneto plain was entrusted to Vincenzo Scamozzi, and consists of frescoed chapels and a final theatrical sanctuary where elaborately clothed skeletons act the roles of assorted saints and martyrs.
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Saturday, 29 December 2007
The Etruscan necropolis of Crocifisso del Tufo, outside Orvieto (c. 500 B.C.) has parallel streets and doorways to the individually identified family tombs. The urban arrangement which is apparent to the visitor is only the most obvious layer of a domesticity of death which would have been supplemented by heraldic symbols on the roofs and the occupation of the houses by sculpted ranks of reclining dead. Although the only means by which to interpret death is through representations and transformations of life, the creations of streets of houses with doorways in a continuous urban wall suggests the significance of common civic values in all areas of existence.
from URBAN ETHIC link in the sidebar