Postcard from Parma, Italy: A Cathedral packed with artistic distractions

Completed in 1530, “The Assumption of the Virgin” rising high, higher up than this photo, up above in the cupola in the Cathedral in Parma attracts great attention. The Renaissance fresco is the work of Antonio da Correggio  (1489-1534), the pride of Parma, aside from meat and cheese. But there is so much distracting art in this cathedral, we ended up only with this image capturing a portion of two of the bottom corners of the star of the show.

The massive façade of the cathedral appears awkwardly dwarfed by a single tower, but this certainly was not the original plan. Atop an early Christian crypt, construction began in 1059. Following its consecration, the cathedral served the people of Parma only a decade before many of its walls came tumbling down in an earthquake in 1117.

The “new” façade, completed in 1178, presumably has thicker walls. The single Gothic belfry was added a century later. The planned twin tower never arrived.

 

2 thoughts on “Postcard from Parma, Italy: A Cathedral packed with artistic distractions

  1. Rolanduccio Rodriguez says:

    Gli italiani hanno un senso molto sviluppato di proporzione. Ci sono così tante lezioni americani potrebbero imparare da loro architettura.

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    • Roland – Yet features of the Bexar County Courthouse appear as though harvested directly from palaces in Bologna and shipped to San Antonio. Amazing James Riely Gordon never strolled these streets before designing it….

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