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Area:
  • 15,91 sq. km
Altitude:
  • 36 m a.s.l.
Population:
  • 1,832
Town Hall:
  • V. Palmanova, 12
  • 33050 - Bicinicco (UD)
Neighbourhoods:
  • Cuccana, Felettis, Griis
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he small church of S. Andrea at Griis is no doubt the most interesting church in the municipality, and probably in the whole Friuli, since its interior is completely covered with frescoes (the choir, nave and controfacciata) representing episodes from St. Andrew’s life, Noah’s cycle, the Old and New Testaments, figures of Saints, Heaven, Purgatory and Hell: this unique example of extensive Biblia pauperum may probably be attributed to painters Gaspare and Arsenio Negro who worked here in 1531, as supported by an inscription on the right wall near the vestry door, showing the kneeling clients, namely the parish priest and people of Griis. The figures portrayed are sometimes naïve, dealt with cursory essentiality, sometimes disregarding the rules of proper painting but nonetheless vivid and suggestive, capable of deeply impressing the devout population of the time. Some scenes are unforgettable, as the ancestors’ or Noah’s cycles, or the devilish figure of Lucifer or the souls in Purgatory rising to Heaven. Popular frescoes by unknown Friulian painters (15th and 16th centuries) decorate the triumphal arch and choir of the church of S. Marco at Cuccana, while in the church of S. Giusto at Felettis frescoes by Fred Pittino are found (Pietà and St. Giusto’s Martyrdom, 1945).

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