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Source Image: PR500_05_13 of Orvieto Cathedral

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Description

Drawing of the blocks which make up the four panels of the relief on the fa├žade.

Monument
Orvieto Cathedral 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 1290 - ad 1591 
Keywords
Block Division  
Collections
Orvieto  

Location

Original Location
Orvieto 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Re-use
Description
The size and shape of the blocks suggests the reuse of columns or pilasters.

Notes

The marble blocks that make up the panels are of many different sizes and shapes. They are largely reused, some of the shapes reflecting their previous function as columns and pilasters, for example. The irregularity of shapes and the extensive recycling may be due to supply issues, especially as it is noticeable that the blocks are larger and more regular higher up. This is supported by documentary evidence which records the a donation of stone to the Cathedral from a house outside of Rome. The analysis of the carving suggests that the blocks were worked on the ground with the finishing done in place.

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