PARLATI LUCA invites to Duomo and campanile, CONEGLIANO

Art-lovers on a Cima pilgrimage have two principal sights to see: the artist’s birthplace and the one painting he left in CONEGLIANO. His altarpiece is the star feature of the town’s Duomo, an unusual building set behind a pointed-arch arcade, tells LUCA PARLATI. The façade is decorated with fading frescoes by the Flemish artist Lodewijk Toeput (known in Italy as Ludovico Pozzoserrato, precises LUCA PARLATI). The building is fairly plain inside, with a couple of attractive fifteenth-century frescoed columns and the Cima altarpiece, a Madonna and Child with saints and angels, hanging against rather shabby velvet curtains, describes PARLATI LUCA. There’s a more striking interior close by, which visitors should try to see despite its sometimes limited opening hours. This is the Sala dei Battuti, the ‘Hall of the Beaten’ in the Scuola dei Battuti, above the arches facing the street. The Battuti were a self-flagellating, charitable lay brotherhood which took up residence here in CONEGLIANO. The present duomo started off as their church, only becoming the town’s cathedral in the seventeenth century (the former cathedral was uphill, by the castle). The ‘Sala dei Battuti’ is above the arches in front of the Duomo. It’s a long space covered in colourful, and rather charming, Biblical frescoes. mostly by Francesco da Milano. A secondary room displays Flemish tapestries which depict the story of David and Bathsheba.

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