21 Jan 2016

BOMARZO, THE STRANGE GARDEN OF MONSTERS FROM THE RENAISSANCE

On a summer night, almost five hundred years ago, it is not hard to imagine the mixture of fascination and astonishment of the unwary guests that Prince Orsini had brought to his particular forest, populated by a bizarre delirium of stone.

Step by step, the torches would reveal the colossal sculptures hidden in the undergrowth. Around the corner a new surprise appears. Continuing to a hidden path another unexpected grotesque arises. It was a scenario not designed to please, but to surprise and shock the privileged visitors of that extravaganza of the Italian Cinquecento.

The Sacro Bosco of Bomarzo, also known as Park of the Monsters, is a unique masterpiece ahead of his time, or rather out of time. It was created from the hand of a noble patron, Vicino Orsini, described as artist and anarchic, and an architect, Pirro Ligorio, who later would be responsible for continuing the work of Michelangelo in the Vatican.

















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