Piccolomini library in Siena


This is the ceiling of the Piccolomini library that is part of the dome of Siena in Italy. I have not been able to capture the beauty, the details and the colours as well as I wished or the reality is, but I think you can get an idea of this amazing artwork.

The ceiling consists of painted panels of mythological subjects. They were executed between 1502 and 1503 by Pinturicchio and his assistants.
The frescos on the walls tell the story of the life of cardinal Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II.

In the first and the second picture you can also see a statue of three people standing together. It is the famous statue “Three Graces”, a roman copy of the greek original.

As always – if you click on the pictures you will be able to see the bigger version with more details :).

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13 thoughts on “Piccolomini library in Siena

  1. Wonderful, clear, beautiful shot! I love Siena….and this photo is perfect. On the contrary…I think you captured the colors very well. I feel like I’m standing there. Thanks for posting!

  2. This is art captured in art (with a camera!) – rare pieces that have to be preserved for generations to come. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers
    Todd

  3. Stefan…I just had to come back and visit these photos again. I am amazed at the detail you got! The colors are so vivid. It’s just spectacular. I stood here 10 years ago! You captured the Piccolomini Library excellently! Thanks again!

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