Religious iconography and the everyday in Lecce

Coming from London where religion, when visible, tends to be multi faith, I’m struck by the abundance of Catholic imagery and iconography when visiting Italy, and how this imagery coexists with other signs and visual expression. ¬†As a young teenager I developed a love of art history and associated images of the Madonna as something … Read more

Doors and Door Knockers in Lecce

I’ve just returned from a few days in few days in Lecce, in the Salento region of Apulia in the heel of Italy. Lecce is sometimes referred to as the Florence of the South, connoting the abundance of visual splendour in the historic centre. However the reality is more complex; Lecce’s incredibly ornate Baroque churches … Read more