The oldest church on the Lake of Como
The Church of Saint Maria La Loppia in Bellagio painted during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.
After my workshop I decided to spend few days in Bellagio to integrate all the things that I have experienced but also because it is such a beautiful town. I had a lot of things to think about and a great friend to share them with, so in a way I didn’t paint so much, but I couldn’t miss to draw this small church that deeply fascinated me.
Just outside the historical center, walking along the long lake there is this small bay and a hill. Along the stairs that climb the hill, lies the church of S. Maria di Loppia. From the shape of the windows and the apse, the absence of decorations and the construction material the hypothesis are that the construction took place in the last quarter of the tenth century.
The church later became the property of the Benedictine nuns who made some changes, creating a ceiling for the nave and building a small convent near the church. In 1775 it became the property of the Venini family, who had to tear down the convent to build the avenue of Villa Giulia (another incredible place in Bellagio).
While painting a swan, coming from the lake, stopped just few meters from me and it was so beautiful. I felt like it represented the opportunity of facing beauty that are offered to me every day and that sometimes I struggle to see, all taken into the daily tasks. Letting go of being busy for being busy and accepting beauty feels so good and things become so much easier when I live in the moment and live life at its full potential.