Il Duomo (Cathedral)
Buscheto came up with the initial vision and started construction in 1063. Originally the floor plan was a greek cross with 4 equal sections.
In 1380 it was topped with an elliptical dome surrounded by a loggia. The unique shape was inspired by Byzantine designs and was the first of its kind in Europe.
After a fire 1595 they enlarged the floor plan, elongating it into a traditional Roman cross design and brought in pieces from Roman monuments to enrich the decor.
In my painting the transept and semicircular apse point toward the bell tower. The sides of the Cathedral are decorated with arcades of blind arches which is a feature common in Lombardy. The alternating horizontal stripes in the marble are influenced by Islamic design.
Campanile (Bell Tower)
The campanile consists of the bottom level encrusted with blind arches and columns, topped with six loggias and a belfry.
Work on the bell tower began in 1173.
By the time they completed the third level, they knew something was not right and stopped work for over a century.
Then in 1275 they began again and made it to the sixth floor only to stop due to the badly leaning tower.
In 1350 they decided it would be better to not add any more floors, so they topped it with the belfry and celebrated its completion.
20x16 watercolor by Kimberly Cammerata
Completed December 10, 2021
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