Autumn in Turin

Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around me here!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!
Charles Dickens

Indeed, in 2 days, autumn …leaves…. 😉

Duomo (Cathedral) – Turin, Italy

The Shroud of Turin or Turin Shroud (Italian: Sindone di Torino, Sacra Sindone) is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. It is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, northern Italy. The image on the shroud is commonly associated with Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and burial. It is much clearer in black-and-white negative than in its natural sepia color. The negative image was first observed in 1898, on the reverse photographic plate of amateur photographer Secondo Pia, who was allowed to photograph it while it was being exhibited in the Turin Cathedral.

SAN LORENZO CHURCH – TURIN, ITALY

San Lorenzo Church - Turin, Italy

San Lorenzo, Turin, Commentary:
What they wrote about San Lorenzo, a church of incredible architecture.

“The Church of San Lorenzo, Turin, was begun by Guarino Guarini in 1668 for the Theatine Order, of which he was a member. The plan is remarkable for its curved bays pressing into the central domed space—an idea developed from Borromini—but the dome is even more remarkable. It is a masterpiece of ingenious construction—the ribs actually carry the lantern above them—which is also used to produce dramatic contrasts of light and shade.”

— John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. p176.

“A Guarini dome, such as the one in his Church of S. Lorenzo in Turin, becomes a luminous cage of slender intersecting ribs over which floats the light-filled space of the lantern visible through the complex rib network; the base of the dome is a circle, and the base of the buoyant lantern is formed by eight semicircular lobes, each framed by a pair of splayed ribs. This extraordinary configuration of space, light, and mass has been described by a Guarini scholar as ‘a great work of hallucinatory engineering’.”

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p349.

 

PO REFLECTION

Po reflection - Turin, Italy

Gran Madre di Dio Church (Holy Mother of God), one of the most important churches of Turin, reflected on the water of Po river.