Arnolfo

90x90cm, oil and gilded metal leaf on canvas

2021

This is a very very long conversation I have had with a very old drawing. It shows the fragments of the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore, the magnificent Duomo of Florence. The original design from 1200´s by Arnolfo di Cambio remained unfinished almost 300 years, until 1587 it was torn down and drawn, as was, by B.Poccetti. The drawing I keep talking to. Today´s facade was built following Emilio de Fabris´s 1876 plan. it has been nicknamed the wedding-cake. Obviously nothing compares to di Cambio original plans.