Monte Catria

#pathtoahigherplane – mystery and beauty of mountains

Monte Catria, a high peak in the Appenine mountains in north eastern Italy, provided inspiration for Dante’s Paradiso, the third part of his Divine Comedy.  He wrote several verses while living at the Hermitage at Fonte Avellana, a monastery built into the lower slopes of the majestic Monte Catria. Wild flowers grow in abundance here in the spring and cattle graze the high pastures in the summer months, while winter sees the mountain shrouded in snow.

Monte Catria Study #06
Monte Catria Study #06: Monte Catria shows off its constantly changing faces and moods – an irresistible challenge for the artist – July 2011 – 30 x 40 cm / 16″ x 12″ [Cat:751]
Even if I had not known about the Dante connection, I would still have been inspired by this mountain. It has a complicated geometry, and the endless variety of angles and the interplay of light engages my interest. Some years ago while staying nearby (and at a great vantage point), I was able to track the changes on the mountain throughout the day in a series of paintings that reflect this diversity. They represent my attempt to capture some of the mystery and beauty of this magical place.

Monte Catria Study #08
Monte Catria Study #08: Monte Catria shows off its constantly changing faces and moods – an irresistible challenge for the artist – July 2011 – 30 x 40 cm / 16″ x 12″ [Cat:753]
Monte Catria Study #09:
Monte Catria Study #09: Monte Catria shows off its constantly changing faces and moods – an irresistible challenge for the artist – July 2011 – 30 x 40 cm [Cat:754]