People of Siena – You are being watched.
Check those heads out. This is in the Duomo – the graphically striped black and white cathedral of Siena. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve called them out with big green arrows above because there’s so much other distracting stuff. No absence of decoration here.
172 popes heads peer down, carved so realistically out of marble that I imagine them gossiping above about the tourists below. See them leaning into each other to chat. Are they so holy that they’re above dishing about the shocking attire of modern tourists?
Not be outdone, the exterior has all these other guys. I think they’re different people, but I’m just guessing here. You can’t be two places at once you know and I’m definitely no art historian.