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  • 11,21 sq. km
  • 210 m a.s.l.
  • 2,904
Town Hall:
  • P.Marnico, 21/22
  • 33011 - Artegna (UD)
  • Sornico Superiore

Via Villa is the distinguishing element of Artegna‘s urban plan, running at the foot of the hill and lined with a series of pretentious buildings showing typical features of 18th-19th-century manor houses in Friuli. The hill, inhabited since Roman times, is the location of the small church S. Martino, built in 1005 probably on the site of a previous building; inside a lovely cycle of coloured, naïf frescoes by Gian Paolo Thanner datable to 1525 ca. is preserved, portraying Evangelists, Doctors of the Church, and Saints but also more complex scenes such as the Adoration of the Magi and St. Martin’s Alms. On top of the soaring bell tower cupola is the bronze statue of St. Michael Archangel as a weather vane. A bit further down the hill side is Castle Savorgnan, with its articulated structure built in different times, mentioned by Paolo Diacono in his Historia Langobardorum. The parish church of S. Maria Nascente, built on a design by Pietro Schiavi between 1824 and 1829, shows good frescoes by Sebastiano Santi on the nave ceiling (Coronation and Birth of the Virgin, figures of Saints, 1835) and by Leonardo Rigo in the presbytery (Entrance in Jerusalem, Recantation of Julian the Apostate, 1888-1892). In 1930 Valerio Mariani, a painter from Velletri, completed the choir decoration by adding Evangelists on the ceiling and Jesus appearing to S. Margherita on the end wall. Mention must be made also of a portrait of S. Domenico, showing daring chromaticism and luminous traits, representing 19th-century painter Luigi Pletti’s most famous work. The recently restored small church of S. Stefano in Clama has revealed its antiquity thanks to stone findings dating to the 8th and 9th centuries and to frescoes (unfortunately heavily damaged) dating to the 11th, 12th and 15th centuries. The most recent frescoes may be attributed to a Friulian painter strongly influenced by northern art and therefore he might be related to both Tommaso from Villach and Janez Ljubljanski.



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