Orvieto Cathedral

Façade of the cathedral
Coronation of the Virgin mosaic on the top gable of the cathedral
Rose window
Marble Pieta, Madonna Mourning the Crucified Jesus with St. Nicodemus
Creation of Eve (probably by Maitani)
The interior
Baptismal font
Gentile da Fabriano, Madonna Enthroned with Child.
Partial view of the apse
Chapel of the Corporal
Partial view on the vault – Christ in Judgment by Fra Angelico and Benozzo Gozzoli; other frescoes by Luca Signorelli and his school
'Selfportrait of Luca Signorelli (left) with Fra Angelico.
Christ and the Doubting Thomas
Pietà wall painting
Fresco of the Deeds of the Antichrist (c. 1501) in Orvieto Cathedral.
The Apocalypse
Resurrection of the Flesh (1499–1502) Fresco Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto.
The Damned in Hell
The Elect In Paradise

Large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy.

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City and comune in the Province of Terni, southwestern Umbria, Italy situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff.

Facade of the Orvieto Cathedral.
The Pozzo di S. Patrizio, a well built for the Popes.
The site of Orvieto was once an Etruscan acropolis.
The monumental Cathedral of Orvieto.
The underground tunneling system.
A narrow vicolo
San Giovenale.

Inside the cathedral, the Chapel of San Brizio is frescoed by Fra Angelico and with Luca Signorelli's masterpiece, his Last Judgment (1449–51).

Siena Cathedral

Medieval church in Siena, Italy, dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.

Siena Cathedral
Unfinished nave extension of the cathedral
The interior of the dome
Upper façade mosaic - Coronation of the Virgin.
Gargoyles and Saints on façade.
Siena Cathedral façade
Upper façade
Façade sculpture
Plan of Siena Cathedral. 1) Antonio Federighi Holy Water Stoups 2) Raffaello Vanni St. Francis de Sales 3) Pier Dandini Saint Catherine. 4) Bell Tower 5) Gian Luigi Bernini Madonna del Voto Chapel 6) Luigi Mussini Saint Crescentius 7) Alessandro Casolani Nativity 8) Wooden Choir 9) Duccio di Buoninsegna Stained Glass Window 10) Baldassare Peruzzi Main Altar 11) Donatello Bishop Pecci's Tomb 12) Domenico Beccafumi Angel Candelabra Holders 13) Nicola Pisano Pulpit 14) Francesco Vanni Saint Ansanus 15) Donatello St. John the Baptist 16) Piccolomini Library 17) Andrea Bregno Piccolomini Altarpiece 18) Pavement 19) Sacristy
Nave and dome
One of the two 60 ft tall flagpoles in the Siena Cathedral. During the battle of Montaperti (1260), Bocca degli Abati, a Sienese spy, brought the Florence flag down causing panic among the Florentine soldiers and ultimately their defeat.
Pillars with angels and the altar
The pulpit and the mosaic floor
The She-Wolf of Siena
The Slaughter of the Innocents
Saint Paul by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Saint John the Baptist by Donatello
Madonna del Voto
Piccolomini Library ceiling
Frescos of Enea Silvio Piccolomini presenting Eleanora of Portugal to the emperor Frederick III and receiving the cardinal's hat in 1456
Siena Cathedral
Façade, bell tower, and column
Siena Cathedral
Stained-glass window depicting the Last Supper
Stained-glass window above altar depicting the life of Mary
High altar
Siena Cathedral interior
Siena Cathedral interior
Floor panel, Hermes Trismegistus
inlaid details of Hermes Trismegistus
Frescos, scenes 5 and 6
Frescos, scenes 7-10 and the Three Graces
Piccolomini Library
The interior of Duomo
Interior of the dome

Di Cecco preferred more elaborate designs, most likely inspired by the Orvieto Cathedral.


Town and comune of Italy, in the province of Viterbo in northern Lazio on the eastern shore of Lake Bolsena.

The Castle of Bolsena.

The Orvieto Cathedral was eventually built to commemorate the miracle and house the Corporal of Bolsena in a reliquary made by Sienese goldsmith Ugolino di Vieri in 1337–1338.


Andrea di Cione di Arcangelo (c.

Statue of Andrea Orcagna in the Uffizi outside gallery in Florence carved by Niccolò Bazzanti at Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio Art Gallery, Florence

The mosaic decoration and the rose window of the cathedral of Orvieto is attributed to Orcagna, who had become Master of the Works in 1359.

Luca Signorelli

Luca Signorelli (c.

Portrait of Luca Signorelli, from Serie degli uomini. I più illustri nella pittura, scultura, e architettura, III (1769)
Self portrait of Luca Signorelli
Testament and Death of Moses, detail
Lamentation over the Dead Christ, detail, 1502
Lamentation of Christ, Orvieto, Monte Oliveto
Signorelli paid great attention to anatomy. Two nude youths carrying a young woman and a young man
Annunciation, Volterra
Portrait of an older man (1492)
Portrait of Ritratto di Camillo Vitelli (c. 1493–1496)
Portrait of Vitellozzo Vitelli
Saint Anthony and Saint Eligius
Martyrdom of St Sebastian
Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels
Madonna with Angels and Saints, detail, San Girolamo (Saint Jerome)
Fresco of the Deeds of the Antichrist (c. 1501) in Orvieto Cathedral.
Selfportrait of Luca Signorelli (left) with Fra Angelico
Resurrection of the Flesh (1499–1502) Fresco Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto.
The Elect In Paradise
The Damned in Hell
Christ and the Doubting Thomas

His massive frescoes of the Last Judgment (1499–1503) in Orvieto Cathedral are considered his masterpiece.

Fra Angelico

Italian painter of the Early Renaissance, described by Vasari in his Lives of the Artists as having "a rare and perfect talent".

Fra Angelico, detail from Deeds of the Antichrist by Luca Signorelli (c. undefined 1501) in Orvieto Cathedral, Italy
Annunciation, c. 1440–1445
San Marco Altarpiece
The Crucified Christ (detail)
The Adoration of the Magi is a tondo of the Adoration of the Magi. It is credited to Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi and dates to c. 1440/1460.
San Marco, Florence,The Day of Judgement, upper panel of an altarpiece. It shows the precision, detail and colour required in a commissioned work
A Thebaide, showing the activities in the lives of the saints, 1420
The Transfiguration shows the directness, simplicity and restrained palette typical of these frescoes. Located in a monk's cell at the Convent San' Marco, its apparent purpose is to encourage private devotion.
Saint Lawrence distributing alms (1447), in the Vatican, incorporates the expensive pigments, gold leaf and elaborate design typical of Vatican commissions.
Blessing Redeemer (1423)
Virgin and Child with Saints, detail, Fiesole (1428–1430)
The Deposition from the Cross, Museo San Marco
The Madonna enthroned with Saints Cosmas and Damian, Saint Mark and Saint John, Saint Lawrence and three Dominicans, Saint Dominic, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Peter Martyr; San Marco, Florence
In The Annunciation, the interior reproduces that of the cell in which it is located.

In 1447 Fra Angelico was in Orvieto with his pupil, Benozzo Gozzoli, executing works for the Cathedral.

Andrea Pisano

Italian sculptor and architect.

Detail of Andrea Pisano's panel for the Florence Baptistery.
Geometria, 1343-60 ca.
Retorica, 1343-60 ca.
Navigazione, 1343-60
Architettura, 1348-50
Fidia ovvero la scultura, 1348-50
Dedalo ovvero la meccanica, 1348-50
Re Salomone, 1337-41
San Pietro, Pisa
San Giovanni, Pisa
Madonna del Latte, Pisa

In 1347 he became Master of the Works at Orvieto Cathedral, which had already been designed and begun by Lorenzo Maitani.

Italian Gothic architecture

Gothic architecture appeared in the prosperous independent city-states of Italy in the 12th century, at the same time as it appeared in Northern Europe.

The Cistercian Fossanova Abbey (founded 1208)
Casamari Abbey (rebuilt 1207–1213)
Interior of Casamari Abbey
Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi (completed 1263)
Nave of the upper Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi, with murals by Cimabue
San Francesco, Bologna (1236–1263)
Interior of San Francesco, Bologna
Facade of Siena Cathedral (1215–1263)
Altar and polychrome marble pillars of Siena Cathedral
Model of the original facade
The Duomo (15th c.) and Campanile (14th c.) of Florence Cathedral (1296–1366)
The Gothic east end of Florence Cathedral
Facade of Orvieto Cathedral
Nave of Orvieto Cathedral
Milan Cathedral
Nave of Milan Cathedral
Vaulted ceiling and column capitals containing statues
Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (begun 1340)
Interior of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Santi Giovanni e Paolo {15th c.)
Interior of Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Gothic roofline of the south facade, St Mark's Basilica
Doge's Palace, Venice (mid-14th – 15th c.)
The Ca' d'Oro on the Grand Canal (1421–1444)
Palazzo Vecchio (1299–1310) in Florence
Stairs and inner courtyard of the Bargello in Florence (begun 1255)
The Palazzo Publico and Torre dea Mangia in Siena (first half of 14th century)
Castel del Monte in Apulia (1240s)
Castello Maniace in Syracuse, Sicily (1232–40)

The Construction of Orvieto Cathedral occupied three centuries, from 1290 to 1591, nearly the entire span of the Gothic period.

Gentile da Fabriano

Gentile da Fabriano (c.

Gentile da Fabriano, in a portrait by Giorgio Vasari
Adoration of the Magi (1423)
Coronation of the Virgin, c. 1420
Gentile da Fabriano, The Annunciation, 1420-1425
Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi detail, 1423

Between August 1425 and October of the same year, he was in Orvieto, where he painted his fresco of the Madonna and Child in the Cathedral, where it still remains today.

Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli (c.

Self-portrait from fresco Procession of the Magi
The Adoration of the Magi
Women at the Tomb
Gates of Paradise
Madonna and Child Giving Blessings, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome, 1449 (also attributed to Fra Angelico).
St Anthony of Padua
Scenes from the Life of St Francis, Museum Complex of San Francesco, Montefalco, 1452.
Madonna and Child between St. Francis and St. Bernardine of Siena
Madonna of the Girdle
Journey of the Magi (East Wall), Magi Chapel of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, 1459–1461.
Martyrdom of Sebastian
Purification of the Virgin, Benozzo Gozzoli, 1460-1461 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
St. Ursula, National Gallery of Art, 1455–1460
Saints with Kneeling Donors, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1481

He then accompanied Angelico to Umbria, where they decorated a chapel vault in the Orvieto Cathedral.