Looking Down in Italy

Where Creativity Works

Faculty Guest Blogger: Christine Medley

Christine Medley: Last summer I took a trip to Italy with a large group of artists, designers, Marywood students and alum and friends. Rome was our home base, but we also took day trips to The Vatican, Florence and Spoleto. We visited incredible churches with our heads towards the heavens, sore necks and dizzy, looking up in amazement at the architecture, frescoes, paintings, gilding, stained glass, mosaics and over the top adornment. But just as beautiful were the floors.

The first place I really took notice of the incredible marble and glass patterned work was in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome (or better known for the story of Our Lady of the Snows). This basilica was a visual overload and each chamber was more incredible than the last and looking down was just as rewarding. The floors were designed in by the…

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