Visual Curiosity

Friday, April 20, 2012

The dome of the Abbey Church of SS. Flora & Lucilla

Entering the church of SS. Flora and Lucilla in Arezzo, also called the Church of Badia, you will be faced with a truly amazing visual effect. If you stand inside the church, look up towards the ceiling and you can admire a dome built so beautiful that it will leave you speechless… Alas, this is no ordinary church dome, in fact there is no dome at all! The effect is actually created by a trompe-l'oeil, a style of painting that gives the illusion of photographic reality. The creator was Andrea Pozzo, a Baroque architect and painter, who was alive during the second half of the eighteenth century. The fake dome was painted in 1702 and with the new renovations made recently in the Abbey, you can admire it in all its beauty. This singular beauty is one of the best things to see in this part of Tuscany. Villas in the area are the perfect holiday destination for families and groups of friends alike.

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