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A Touch of 15th Century Cubism in Tossicia

by Sam Dunham

’s tiny antique of S.Antonio Abate (St ) may be small but it is like stumbling upon a chest of hidden treasure when you visit.  Its beauty lies in having one of ’s finest examples of a Romanesque portal (1471) that once you start photographing you can’t stop.

St Antonio Chiesa, TossiciaThe portal is carved from local stone by the extremely talented sculptor Andrea Lombardo, whose work this is all sadly that is left standing. 3 concentric round arches literally team with life & expressions that change throughout the day as the shadows play on the faces of its inhabitants.

Inside metopes, 8 putti play harps, lutes and flutes and they lead they eye up to the apex where St Anthony sits serenely. Below them giving the feeling they are supporting the fascia is a parade of 8 of Tossicia’s faces from the past, cut so flamboyantly that their personalities still are visible today after 500 years of weathering.

St Anthony Abbot is the patron of piggies and their keepers so if you do make a visit with kiddies do ask them to try and find how many carved pigs they can find in the portal.

Further Reading

Tossicia’s official website


1 comment

Lynne 13/08/2010 - 00:12

This is a great little restaurant, full of character, tucked away at the side of the church, lots of local art adorn the walls and the staff were really friendly
excellent food, fantastic value for money, litre carafe of the house red around 6 euros and it was very nice too. definitely a place to go back to but not surprisingly gets very busy in the evenings

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