three views of the duomo in milan

mailand: dom

(Gerhard Richter, Mailand: Dom, 1964)

domplatz - mailand

(Gerhard Richter, Domplatz – Mailand, 1968)

duomo from google earth

(from Google Earth)

requisite poem:

“Milan Cathedral”

Through light green haze, a rolling sea
     Over gardens where redundance flows,
     The fat old plain of Lombardy,
The White Cathedral shows.

     Of Art the miracles
     Its tribe of pinnacles
Gleam like to ice-peaks snowed; and higher,
Erect upon each airy spire
     In concourse without end,
Statues of saints over saints ascend
Like multitudinous forks of fire.

What motive was the master-builder’s here?
Why these synodic hierarchies given,
Sublimely ranked in marble sessions clear,
Except to signify the host of heaven.

(Herman Melville, from Timoleon, 1891)

One thought on “three views of the duomo in milan

  1. of course i love this entry and the gerhard richter paintings.

    it’s great getting a look at your magpie pickings, too.

    stendhal loved the duomo di milano and wrote about it several times, i think.
    (charterhouse of parma? travels in italy).

    w.g. sebald goes there in Vertigo, too.

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