Tolentino: Marches Town of the Porticoes, Post-Earthquake
My post-earthquake (August and October, 2016) mantra remains the same: “No, art is not eternal.” I’m more than ever convinced to assiduously continue taking in the infinite bounty of the artistic gems of Italy. The earthquake devastation has underscored the need. Grazie a Dio, Pino and I had visited Marches jewel Tolentino, damaged in the recent earthquake.
We’d headed there on Pinos’
Tolentino mayor Giuseppe Pezzanesi has confirmed some damage to the church apse and – alas! – detachment from the wall of fragments of the stunning 14th-c frescoes of the life of San Nicola da Tolentino (by an unknown master, follower of Giotto).
May the damage to that pictorial wonder, considered one of the greatest fresco cycles in the Marches region, be limited.
See images of the fresco splendor here (scroll…):
…and here are a few other photos of our “Tolentino day”…
Tolentino is now a zona rossa town: evacuated. No access to anyone. May the wounded buildings soon be reconstructed, the artistic treasures restored.
..and in the meantime, we can’t stop exploring the other wonders around us.
Click here to read about our trip to Tolentino
Read more here about the Basilica di San Nicola da Tolentino
Read, too, about San Ginesio, another Marches gem
Read about earthquake restoraton needed in San Ginesio
Read about Visso, another Marches gem damaged by the 2016 earthquake
Click here to read about Marches jewel, Ascoli Piceno
Read about – and see – more Marches region splendor
Read about – and see – our favorite Marches seaside gem, Sirolo
Click here to read about a fascinating Marches town near Sirolo