Saturday, October 13, 2012

Church of San Pietro in Cherasco, Italy

Cherasco is a Medieval hill town in Piemonte, Italy. This church, dedicated to San. Pietro, was built between the 12th and 13th centuries and altered during the 18th and 19th centuries.  These incredible sculpted stone pieces were brought to Cherasco, possibly from The Holy Land, and added to the Romanesque facade which already featured brickwork and marble with reliefs, majolica cups and sculptured heads.  I love that this random mix of found-object artwork was given pride of place on the city's oldest church. I find the bird sculptures that have softened almost to the point of disappearance incredibly beautiful.

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