San Guilia, Brescia

Female monastery of Benedictine rule, built by the last Lombard king Desiderio and his wife Ansa in 753 AD, San Salvatore – Santa Giulia played a leading role (religious, political and economic) even after the defeat inflicted by Charlemagne against the Lombards .

An amazing place, but don’t think you will see it like the images on the web.  I shot photos here for more than an hour, in lighting conditions that were next to impossible.  ISO 2000 at 1/30 second with post stabilization and correction.  The place was nearly blacked out from lack of light, on purpose to maintain the frescos.  But it was great.  I share a few of the images I got, all hand-held by the way.

And the nun’s quarter’s chapel

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Gayle Johnson

These frescos are magnificent. When I see images like this, so many questions come to mind. How many artists were involved in the painting of these? How long did it take? Were they trained as artists from young childhood, or did they develop that skill as an adult? I love that people could see the story of the Savior, and understand it, even if they were unable to read. Just seeing these, I marvel at what the Creator has enabled men to do. How many humans have been inspired by works of art such as these, to participate in developing and expressing the talents given to them?