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17 July 2013

Emulation: VII.2 Il Palio in Movimento

Il Giorno di San Paolino

Despite a series of vicissitudes with the fortunes of my palio that are perhaps best left to some future memoirs, the day of the feast of San Paolino (12 July) and the palio events of the evening were, for me at least, a mini-miracle. The balestrieri (crossbowmen), the sbandieratori (flag throwers), the tamburini (drummers), the dancers in costume, provided a context for the carrying of the painted palio that evocatively connected what I do with the tradition from which it comes. It is rare that art has that sort of overtly public, and portable, role, and that classical work is framed by sympathetic sounds and ceremonies. It is certainly the first time a painting of mine was accompanied by costumed guards with pikes. Of course, for the balestrieri the painted palio was their context, and for them the evening was instead all about arrows and a target. The winner was Massimo Baldocchi, of the terziero S. Martino.

the palio among its competitors

re-enacting the Miracle of S. Paolino

entering S. Paolino for the mass
the palio in procession on Via Fillungo
the palio entering the
Piazza S. Martino

Master of Ceremonies

the palio awaiting the crossbow competition

the crossbow winners and the palio

Following are some local news stories on the palio:

1 comment:

  1. Complimenti! E' bello il palio, anche questa tradizione in cui I costumi dall'eta' del Rinascimento vivono ancora. Bravo.