Porta d'entrata al forte di Fuentes© Studio Tecnico Geometra Paino Daniele di Sorico

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Bill Sovereign on March 28, 2008

This doorway shows up in in Pietro Perugino's Baptism of Christ in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. One can move around in Google Earth and get the same perspective of Abbazia di Piona, the lake and the mountains in the background. Our heroine appears twice; as the figure standing with the de Medici with her foot on the picture frame at the right and as one of the three angels kneeling before Christ on the Sforza side of the picture.


This theory stands up because the crew who frescoed the chapel ceiling also added to the frescos of the sidewalls. Her face is all over the ceiling, walls and tapestries of the Sixtine Chapel along with Michelangelo.

With a little searching in The Web Gallery of Art, you may also find a similar perspective here...

BARTOLOMEO DELLA GATTA Archangel St Michael c. 1480

I did not get to Arcadia believing nineteenth century French attributions after Napoleon sacked Italy in 1793 and shipped your Italian masterpieces to the Louvre.

©Paino Geom. Daniele on March 28, 2008

Bill, the door in the photograph is the port of entry of the forte fuentes of 1600

Bill Sovereign on March 31, 2008

You can point your camera in any direction and take important art history pictures; sky, mountains, lake, rivers, fields, roads, plants and animals. I have searched through The Web Gallery of Art and found over one hundred five hundred year old paintings, most of which feature your end of Lake Como, Forte Fuentes and Abbazia di Piona. (Nope, I don't believe the dates.) You are living at the Como end of two important trade routes. One comes from the north and the other comes from the east. Forte Fuentes and Abbazia di Piona were large cities in those days.

In your picture Cascata del Fiume Adda we see a bridge. Normal rapids are not in straight lines. In the old pictures we see St. Christopher carrying Christ across those rapids.

The tunnel we see in LAGO NOVATE MEZZOLA062 looks something like the arched rock we see in many, many lake paintings with a road through it from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in The Web Gallery of Art, 1451 - 1500.

All this to impress you. Take pictures of spring time in the Alps! Point your camera in any direction and shoot. As an art herstorian, I am interested in pictures and stories to go with them. You have probably heard of The Madonna of the Mountains, St. Stephan, St. Michael, St. Raphael, St. Gabriel and a princess. You will find them in the frescos in your area.

I do not need more fresco pictures. From the few you have posted, those frescos are important historical documents. You should talk with the director of the Como Museum. Perhaps, I ask too much, but I would be interested in messaging with any artists living in your area. I know I would be asking too much asking to message with your Franciscans. They know the scandal better than any of us have been told over the centuries and they wouldn't tell me. Perhaps, Brother Francis would like to put up a website, call it "Arcadia," and tell the world as much as he likes. After the Council of Trent, Raphael's face became the standard face for the Virgin Mother and her face can be seen in just about every Church in Christendom including Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, and Chiesa di San Miro, Sorico. You are at the beginning of that. Raphael was a small town girl from Sorico who made it BIG in Milan, Florence, Sienna, Rome and the world. How do I know?

PAnoramica dell'alto lago di Como da San Miro- Sorico

Torre Nuova autunno


If it isn't asking too much, is it possible to recreate PAnoramica dell'alto lago di Como da San Miro- Sorico from the window of Torre Nuova autunno?

©Paino Geom. Daniele on April 1, 2008

Dear Bill, Your theories are fascinating for people living on the other side of the Atlantic.not for us. Unfortunately, in your message you context historical dates. (forte fuentes, 1600) I think that this is a big mistake.

Fort Fuentes was a Spanish fortress of 1600. It was among the largest in the north italia.it was built when the Duchy of Milan was under Spanish domination:

"The ruins of Fort Fuentes rise on the hill in Montecchio, and although the lush vegetation hides back to the less attentive, are partly visible on the right along the road that leads toward the Valtellina Colico. To reach the top of the hill you must leave the car near the group of Monteggiolo houses, a small collection of houses in the municipality of Colico and walk along a convenient road that climbs up to lead at the High. The complex appears to be built ramparts plan irregular surrounded by stone walls continuous extraction local (300 meters length and width 125). The old port, consisting of a large central arch flanked on the left by a smaller, was in the past the main access. It still retains its appearance solemn and austere. Varcato met this entrance on the right, the local and then lend the mills. One immetteva on so vast central square on which it is faced, and in part still facing the church, which was celebrated in the sacred rites which still shows traces of Baroque (the watchful eye can trace signs of refined frieze, the stucco and frescoes that once adorned the chapel of Santa Barbara, and the palace of the Governor, despite the proud clearly visible state of deterioration. Behind the palace, in a strategic position, we can see the remains of the so-called "Tenaglia, a real trap military consists of a series of walls whose purpose was, in the event of attack, to circumvent the enemy on multiple sides making defenceless. In fact, the testimonies are not those remaining from the period of Spanish rule. Before the First World War "Tenaglia" was destroyed and in its place were prepared eight platforms, bases for guns. The army feared a possible attack from Valtellina Austrian or Valchiavenna and then decided to use the military as strong as stalking. Here in reality the guns were not used ever since it optò for a new building, the Fort Montecchio-Lusardi, on a hill nearby. The complex was originally also equipped hospital, cemetery, barracks and casemates. The homes of soldiers were located lower. This fortification was linked to a whole series of outposts, including the main Fontanedo Castle, the Tower Curcio, the two towers of Montecchio North and Stallone of Gera Lario. Work on the construction of the fort began in 1603 under the direction of military Gabrio Busca and will of the Spanish Governor of Milan Don Pedro Enriquez de Açevedo, Count of Fuentes. The purpose of this construction is to defend the northern border of registered against Spanish Graubünden Protestant allocated in Valtellina. The strong knows no major sieges defeat it, but his presence for 2 centuries well enough to remove the enemies all ambitions to test his power war. For all of the seventeenth century has a deterrent especially in July 1620 on the occasion of the revolt Valtellina which will take the name of Sacred Slaughterhouse (militias grison crossing at Dubino are cannoneggiate). On 29 August 1704 resists a siege during the War of the Spanish Succession. And 'among the last works of the state to surrender all'invicibile army of Prince Eugene of Savoy. In November 1733 is endless conquered after a long defense by only 60 men who presidiavano. In 1735 after several episodes troubled the Duchy of Milan finally master change, the Austrians assume the Spanish and Charles VI becomes the new Duke of Milan. In 1782, the fort is deleted by Joseph II, who had visited in 1769 and declared him militarily useless. In 1796 was dismantled by the will of Napoleon. For the entire nineteenth century is left in a state of total neglect, until the beginning of the twentieth century took the position observatory subsidiary to the location and artillery support for the High-Montecchio Lusardi. Today, the property is strong in the province of Lecco ..

Unfortunately, the "torre nuova" is a private house of switzerland people . It is not possible to enter! I personally do not know artists lake como.

Raffaello was born and lived in a sad period for sorico. At the end of 1400 and throughout the 500, sorico was depopulated. Marshes of the river adda brought malaria and death. I do not believe that the situation was better to grow an artist.

Adda the river before the lake as a channel is right because it has been excavated by the Austrians before unification of italy (1858).

From that moment the marshes have been cleared and cultivated land again.

I think that for this reason sorico and the landscape around it are maintained in the beauty of nature, unspoiled.

These landscapes could find anywhere in italy in past centuries.

Sorico has maintained that the centuries

Bill Sovereign on April 1, 2008

You are of course correct. When I saw your beautiful pictures and that door, I thought I had finally found proof after all these years. I think Raphael came from the northern lakes and not anywhere around the coast line of Italy. My other guess is Sirmione Castle, Lago di Garda, which fits the pictures better than Abbazia di Piona. I was so certain. Sorry to have bothered you and thank you for your long message.

Sincerely yours, Bill Sovereign

Bill Sovereign on June 7, 2008


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