The ancient city of Orvieto was a major centre of Etruscan civilization. Orvieto was annexed by Rome in the third century BC. Because of its site on a high and steep volcanic rock the city was virtually impregnable. After the collapse of the Roman Empire its defensible site gained new importance and the episcopal seat was transferred from Bolsena. At the end of the 13th century the population of the Orvieto region numbered about 30,000. The population of the ancient cliff top town is now around 3,000, whereas the entire Orvieto population, incorporating the valley township and surrounding areas is over 20,000.
This image is an archway in the Palazzo del Popolo or Peoples Palace.
The palace was built around the 14th Century and was home to a very important institutional figure of the city during the Middle Ages: The Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People). He was a very popular figure in Italy and in other towns and played an important role in representing the people. Later the building was home to another important figure in the history of Orvieto: the Mayor.
This is a limited edition Giclee print of 25 with archival pigment ink on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching paper.
The printed image measures 41x41cm plus a 3cm border for my signature and limited edition number. The framed images are for reference only.