Todi – View of the Temple of San Fortunato
Todi – View of the Temple of San Fortunato

Lands of art: between villages and cities

Panicale, Città della Pieve, Orvieto, Todi, Narni, Amelia

Città della Pieve, Nativity by Perugino
Città della Pieve, Nativity by Perugino

The discovering of the lands of art begins from Panicale. There, the US artist portrays women deep in their work of the ancient ars panicalensis, hand-embroidery on tulle, on the background of the Trasimeno Lake.
Nearby, there is Città della Pieve. McCurry’s snapshots remind of the Perugino’s ideal ones who donated some of his best works to his home town, such as The adoration of the Magi.
In Orvieto, the artist discovers the richness of monuments and buildings, among them, the Assumption Gothic Catedral and the Renaissance style St. Patrick’ s well. However his attention is drawn by the underground routes, the aqueducts and the wells of Etruscan origin.
At the feet of the town, through the Etruscan necropolis, the photographer makes his way along the vineyards following the Tevere and the Corbara Lake and arrives in Todi where, inside the Episcopal Palace, he captures one of the most representative images symbolizing the strong appeal between art and the landscapes of Umbria.
Starting from “Santa Maria della Consolazione”, the imponent, Renaissance style temple in Todi, by walking along Acquasparta, San Genimi and its water springs, after crossing the Roman Carsulae, he arrives in Narni. There, McCurry pictures the hidden town of St. Domenico convent complex and its dungeons used for the Inquisition trials.
Then Amelia and its huge walls, which serve as background of many of McCurry’s snapshots; in the city museum the photographer’s eye stares at the statue of the Germanicus, which dates back to the1st century A.D.