VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION OF LANI IRWIN AND ALAN FELTUS IN GUALDO TADINO MEDIEVAL TOWN

in Architecture+Design6 months ago

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Have you ever been to Gualdo Tadino?
It is a small town in the Umbria region, in Italy. I really like visiting small villages, because they are very interesting, each with its own particularity that distinguishes them from each other.

Siete mai stati a Gualdo Tadino?
È un piccolo comune della regione Umbria, in Italia. Mi piace molto visitare i piccoli borghi, perché sono molto interessanti ognuno con la sua particolarità che li distingue l'uno dall'altro.

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A street in the historic center

Italy is full of medieval villages, each region has small historic centers full of treasures, that sometimes even we Italians do not know. I like to let you know them, for this reason I have been publishing on this topic for some time.
What I hate about some Italian cities is that they still circulate cars in historic centers. Crazy!!!
This thing really pisses me off!!!
But let's go on, I said....like any medieval village, Gualdo Tadino has in the center a square with the Catedreal and the Town Hall, where all the activities once took place.

L'Italia è piena di borghi medievali, ogni regione ha piccoli centri storici ricchi di tesori, che a volte anche noi italiani non conosciamo. Mi piace farveli conoscere, per questo motivo da tempo pubblico su questo argomento.
Quello che invece non sopporto di certe città italiane è che ancora fanno circolare le macchine nei centri storici. Pazzesco!!!
Questa cosa mi fa davvero incazzare!!!
Ma andiamo avanti, dicevo....come ogni borgo medievale, Gualdo Tadino ha al centro una piazza con il Duomo e il Municipio, dove un tempo si svolgevano tutte le attività.

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The square with the two churches Il Duomo and S.Francesco

In the square there are the Romanesque and Gotic-style Cathedral dedicated to S.Benedetto,which has undergone many renovations over the centuries, only the rose window and the central portal remain authentic and are the pride of the city.
Then the church of San Francesco, which has undergone fewer restorations and is part of the Polo Museale. As you can see, its portal is not on the square but on the main street and also for this reason we can say that the church is older than the Duomo.
It was built in 1241 to house the Franciscans within the walls. Its facade presents
a large Gothic portal decorated with capitals
Inside it has a large central nave decorated with numerous frescoes

In piazza ci sono la Cattedrale dedicata a S.Benedetto, in stile romanico-gotico che ha subìto molti rifacimenti nel corso dei secoli, rimangono autentici solo il rosone e il portale centrale, vanto della città.
Poi la chiesa di San Francesco, che invece, ha subìto meno restauri e fa parte del Polo Museale. Come si può vedere il suo portale non è sulla piazza ma sulla via principale e anche per questo possiamo dire che la chiesa è più antica del Duomo.
Essa fu costruita nel 1241 per ospitare i Francescani all'interno delle mura. La sua facciata presenta un grande portale gotico fregiato da capitelli.
All'interno presenta un'ampia navata centrale decorata con numerosi affreschi

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Romanesque rose window on the facade of the Cathedral of San Benedetto

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Central portal with spiral columns and capitals of the Cathedral of San Benedetto

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Portal of the facade of the church of San Francesco

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Frescoes inside the church of San Francesco

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Frescoes inside the church of San Francesco

Walking through the streets of the town, we can see that there are many typical alleys of medieval villages

Percorrendo le strade del paese, possiamo osservare che ci sono molti vicoli, tipico dei paesi medioevali

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Narrow alley

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Narrow alley

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Somaro Museum Center of Contemporary Art

We can say that Gualdo Tadino is a culturally active city because it has the Polo Museale, a complex of several museums.
_Museo di Somaro which is a Museum of Contemporary Art, as you can see in the photo.
_The museum of the Opificio Rubboli where we find third-fired glazed ceramics.
_Rocca Flea, 13th century keep restored by Frederick II, which now houses the picture gallery and the archaeological museum
_Pietro Conti Regional Museum of Emigration
_ Cathedral of SAN.Benedetto
_ Monumental church of San Francesco

Possiamo dire che Gualdo Tadino è una città culturalmente attiva perché ha il Polo Museale, un complesso di diversi musei. C'è il museo di Somaro che è un Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, come puoi vedere nella foto
_Il museo Opificio Rubboli dove possiamo trovare ceramiche lustrate in terza cottura
_Rocca Flea, mastio del XIII secolo restaurato da Federico II, che oggi ospita la Pinacoteca e il museo archeologico
_Museo regionale dell'Emigrazione
_Il Duomo di S.Benedetto
_La chiesa monumentale di S.Francesco

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Tower with clock

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Church of Santa Maria dei Recommended

There are also several churches of different styles such as the one in the photo, Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Recommended XIII century. I photographed this church because it looked very nice to me, on the upper facade located in a niche, it has a fresco depicting Santa Maria dei Recommended with her proteges inside her cloak. Below another niche with a ceramic panel by the painter Angelo Carini "Ecstasy of the Blessed Angel" with the figure of the Immaculate Conception taken by Bartolomè Esteban Murillo.
The portal with a Gothic arch and the majolica lunette in the Della Robbia style is also particular.
In front of the church there is a medieval well, with a glass and iron cover, so you can see the inside.

Ci sono anche diverse chiese di stili diversi come quella nella foto, Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Raccomandati, XIII secolo. Ho fotografato questa chiesa perché mi sembrava molto carina, sulla facciata in alto situato in una nicchia, ha un affresco raffigurante Santa Maria dei Raccomandati con i suoi protetti dentro al suo mantello. In basso un'altra nicchia con un pannello in ceramica del pittore Angelo Carini “Estasi del Beato Angelo” con la figura dell’Immacolata Concezione tratta da Bartolomè Esteban Murillo.
Particolare anche il portale con arco gotico e lunetta maiolicata stile Della Robbia.
Davanti alla chiesa c'è un pozzo medievale, con una copertura a vetro e ferro, così si può vedere il suo interno.

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Detail of the fresco

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Ceramic panel by Angelo Carini

Gualdo Tadino is famous for its ceramics, in fact scattered around the town there are many panels like this one depicting saints.

Gualdo Tadino è famosa per la ceramica infatti sparsi per il paese ci sono molto pannelli come questo raffiguranti santi.

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Ceramic panel

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Ceramic panel with S.Francesco d'Assisi

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Ceramic panel Frederick II in conversation with the Benedictines

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Fresco Madonna with child

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Fountain

This town has been famous since ancient times for its mineral waters such as "Acqua Rocchetta".
We came a few weeks ago, there were still Christmas lights. My family and I left on a Saturday morning to visit an important exhibition of two American artists, Lani Irwin and her husband Alan Feltus.They met in the United States in Washington, he was a teacher and painter, she was a student and had started painting, they got married and decided to move to Italy.
Now they live here in Italy in the countryside, far from the hectic pace of the city, but at the same time they are the protagonists of contemporary American figurative painting.

Questo paese è famoso sin dall'antichità per le sue acque minerali come "Acqua Rocchetta".
Siamo venuti qualche settimana fa, c'erano ancora le luci di Natale. Io e la mia famiglia siamo partiti un sabato mattina per visitare un'importante mostra di due artisti americani, Lani Irwin e suo marito Alan Feltus.
Si sono conosciuti negli Stati Uniti a Washington, lui era un insegnante e pittore, lei era una studentessa e aveva iniziato a dipingere, si sono sposati e decisero di trasferirsi in Italia.
Ora vivono qui in Italia in campagna, lontani dai ritmi frenetici della città, ma allo stesso tempo sono protagonisti della pittura figurativa americana contemporanea

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Church of S.Francesco

Here in the church of S.Francesco is the exhibition of two artists, titled "You can see silence",
you can still smell the turpentine mixed with the pigments.
But, let's go in !!!

È qui nella chiesa di S.Francesco, la mostra di due artisti, dal titolo "Si vede il Silenzio" bellissima, si può sentire ancora l'odore della trementina mescolata ai pigmenti.
Ma, entriamo !!!

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Portal inside the S.francesco church

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Lani Irwin -The Bird Lady- oil on wood, 2009/2011

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Lani Irwin -Split Butterfly- (diptych) oil on canvas, 2019/2021

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Lani Irwin -Polka Dot Wings and Whispers- oil on canvas, 2016/2021

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Lani Irwin -Secrets Among Siblings- oil on canvas, 2012/2013

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Lani Irwin -The Birds- oil on canvas, 2015

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Lani Irwin -Memento- oil on canvas 2015

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Alan Feltus -La Nostalgia- oil on canvas 2014/2015

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Alan Feltus -Letters- oil on canvas 2014

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Alan Feltus -Donne- oil on canvas

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Alan Feltus

Well friends.... what to say!!! I do no know!!! Amazing!!!
Between two artists I prefer Lani, for very imaginative compositions, made with objects, human figures, toys, animals .... then the warm colors so harmonious with each other without contrasts .... beautiful !!!
But ... I also liked Alan a lot even if I find his compositions more classic, but the faces are very expressive. They look like self-portraits .... they look like two husbands and wives portraying each other .... but maybe that's just my impression.
It is the silence that speaks!!! .... it is a unique spectacle, the images speak and you viewer can only listen and contemplate.
Still images reminiscent of Metaphysics, full of magical, enigmatic dimensions that make us dream.
If you can and I turn to Italian friends, visit it because it's really worth it, it has been extended until February 27th. Bye everyone!!!

Bene amici....che dire!!! non so!!! Sorprendente!!!
Tra due artisti prediligo Lani, per le composizioni molto fantasiose, realizzate con oggetti, figure umane, giocattoli, animali.... poi i colori caldi così armoniosi tra loro senza contrasti....bellissimi!!!
Ma...anche lui Alan mi è piaciuto molto anche se trovo le sue composizioni più classiche, ma molto espressivi i volti. Sembrano autoritratti....sembrano loro due moglie e marito che si ritraggono a vicenda....ma forse è solo una mia impressione
È il silenzio che parla!!!....è uno spettacolo unico, le immagini parlano e tu spettatore puoi solo ascoltare e contemplare.
Immagini fisse che ricordano la Metafisica, piene di dimensioni magiche, enigmatiche che ci fanno sognare.
Se potete e mi rivolgo agli amici italianiì, visitatela perchè ne vale davvero la pena, è stata prorogata fino al 27 febbraio. Ciao a tutti!!!

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Greetings @titti, a joyful 2022! Gualdo Tadino's medieval heritage is an architectural feast indeed! Not only did you and your family fully enjoy the richness of that town's cultural, historical, and design splendor, you also had unforgettable moments with the superb exhibition of those 2 renowned artists, forerunners of contemporary American figurative painting. I'm simply touched by their love story, starting out in the USA as a teacher-student tandem of art class, and then later migrating to Italy to settle down. Isn't that romantic?

With your stunning gallery of photos, I'm literally transported to that exotic location, as if also embracing similar experiences you had. The place is certainly blessed with a smorgasbord of masterpieces of architecture. Thank you very much for this incredible showcase of Gualdo Tadino plus the spectacular artworks featured here. Warm regards! 😊

Heartfelt thanks dear @storiesoferne and a joyful 2022 to you too.A wonderful exhibition, in an enchanting setting. Two artists who deserve to be seen, as I repeat I really liked the work of the woman, so imaginative !!! It was a good experience

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