Santa Maria in Sylvis, the Abbey of the Forest
The ancient Abbey of Sesto al Reghena during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.
Once outside I took my time to sketch and paint the outside of the abbey. It was complicated to choose what to draw because in front of the entrance the square is a 360° collection of beautiful views and interesting buildings. I decided to go for the bell tower and the entrance to the pilgrim dorms.
The Bell Tower is from the 11th Century, in the typical Venetian style and it overlooks the square. The loggia and the entrance are all decorated with frescoes, doors and stairs that lead on the different floors of the vestibule. In between, there is the portal that leads to the garden on the back fo the abbey. Enriched by the arch with columns is a beautiful enrichment of the area. The garden is part of the forest that surrounded the abbey and that gives it the name. In Silvis in fact means in the woods. At the time of its foundation the area was in fact a forest and the abbey was the only building in the area, a place of passage and stop for pilgrims and travelers.
While drawing another moment of serendipity happened. Two of the tourists stopped to talk and we discovered that they are passionate about urban sketching and they follow a lot of the groups that I am part of. So they stayed a bit there to watch while i was sketching the square, trying to fit all this beauty in one page. Fortunately perspective is something you can play with.