The Story of Otranto – Part 2: The Cathedral

The Cathedral dominates the old town. It sends out peals of joy, expectation and command. From early morning salutation at 7 am to the end of the day notification 12 hours later, it reminds residents and visitors of its presence and symbols.

Here are a few excerpts from the book “Perle del Salento”, published by SOSalentovacanze.com. It tells the story of the area in the south of Italy.

The Cathedral built in 1068 Otranto Italy
The Cathedral built in 1068 Otranto Italy
The Cathedral built in 1068 Otranto Italy
The Cathedral built in 1068 Otranto Italy
The Cathedral of Otranto
The Cathedral of Otranto

So many stories and myths here. Some have been captured in the images on these columns, and the multi-level education on the mysteries of existence are available in the mosaic floor. Art speaks to the subconscious and many surreal images are present in great abundance.

The columns with many symbols and stories Otranto
The columns with many symbols and stories
The columns with many symbols and stories
The columns with many symbols and stories - closeup

There is a shrine to the Otranto Martyrs (more to come). This is a visual reminder of steadfast faith, a belief in a higher power for all to see.

The Otranto Martyrs shrine
The Otranto Martyrs shrine

Those who come to Otranto can not be but affected by its sublime energies. I’ve said it’s a different world here, and it is. It is in the land, in the sea. Its very existence is primal, and pure, and authentic. The connections to a higher plane, in my opinion, is strong and tangible. This has definitely had an impact on my work here. If you are open, you can feel it. It’s wonderful.

Untitled Charcoal and Graphite drawing painting
Untitled Charcoal and Graphite drawing painting
Untitled Charcoal and Graphite drawing painting
Untitled Charcoal and Graphite drawing painting
Untitled Charcoal and Graphite drawing painting
Untitled Charcoal and Graphite drawing painting

I am still processing what these images mean. Once that is done, they will have titles. So far they are experiences and a record of existence.