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Old November 18th, 2013, 02:24 AM   #801
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Santuario dell'Addolorata in Rho, just ouside Milan municipality borders:



Image from Panoramio profile of Luigi Petrazzoli

The facade was designed by the royal imperial architect of Austria, Pollack



the high dome, realized by Pellegrino Tibaldi in XVI century:



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The dome of the Santuario dell'Addolorata of Rho, picture from Panoramio profile of Ilda Casati:

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Old November 18th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #803
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Sant'Eufemia basilica porticoed entrance, the actual facade, very ecleptical, and the interiors was built in 1870 from the architect Enrico Terzaghi. The original church dates back to 472 a.C.



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Old November 18th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #804
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Sant'Ambrogio basilica, defined by art historian Giulio Carlo Argan as the Mother church of all Romanesque churches, something similar to what Chartres cathedral means for gothic architecture.

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Sacellum of San Satiro in Santa Maria presso San Satiro:



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Old November 18th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #805
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Sant'Ambrogio basilica, this basilica is so important that is generally considered the mother church of all church built in romanesque style.

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A detail of the Golden Altar of Vuolvinio, absolute masterpiece of Carolingian art:



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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:38 AM   #806
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San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore church, from my Instagram profile, that's tommolo84 for those interested

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Sant'Ambrogio is coming in a few day, and I'm sorry but I just keep finding gorgeous images of the "second cathedral" of Milan. I think this is the definitive picture of Sant'Ambrogio. It is really hard to give the idea of being there, surrounded by arches wherever you watch, it is just so much of a proudly romanesque building!
But this one it does show you something of that ancient sensation. It makes you remember the times when the porticoed area, as big as the church itself, was used as a sort of parliament, where the speaker stood in the main window on the facade, on an higher arch window, but still an arch, exactly as the ones in the portico. It is so much dense in meanings if you analyse it...



From user maurizio 1908 (maurizio cosentino) profile in the website www.juzaphoto.com

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Picture found in the blog http://peanutsfromitaly.blogspot.it

This is the plan of the basilica, as you see, the "civil" part, the porticoed space on the outside, is exactly as big as the religious space inside, and the facade is something like a filter between the two, with a "neutral" space between the interiors and the exteriors surfaces:



(from the website www.inftub.com )

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The masterpiece of carolingian goldsmith, the Vuolvinio's Altar, front side:



(from the website http://www.italiamedievale.org )

...and the back side:



(from the website www.atlantedellarteitaliana.it )
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 12:29 PM   #808
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The duomo spires:



from facebook fanpage "il duomo di Milano"

The duomo interior, from an amazin picture by Paolo Viviani:

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The baroque crypt of the duomo:





from facebook fanpage "il duomo di Milano".

I remind you to please vote for the magnificent Milan's Duomo in the cathedral competition one on one:

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here you are a bonus picture to help your choice:



Thank you very much!
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Sant'Alessandro basilica Organ

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Chiaravalle abbey:







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Chiaravalle abbey, part II:







Picture of Chiaravalle part I and part II from Star of the webpage www.mymilanitaly.blogspot.i
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Other images, this time mine, from the gorgeous Chiaravalle abbey:

















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Chiaravalle abbey part II, pictures are mine:























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Chiaravalle abbey part III, pictures mine:















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Chiaravalle abbey part IV, pictures are mine:





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A panoramic view of the entrance of Sant'Ambrogio:



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Sant'Ambrogio basilica, defined by art historian Giulio Carlo Argan as the Mother church of all Romanesque churches, something similar to what Chartres cathedral means for gothic architecture.

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Interesting. I didn't know that.
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Sant'Ambrogio is coming in a few day, and I'm sorry but I just keep finding gorgeous images of the "second cathedral" of Milan. I think this is the definitive picture of Sant'Ambrogio. It is really hard to give the idea of being there, surrounded by arches wherever you watch, it is just so much of a proudly romanesque building!
But this one it does show you something of that ancient sensation. It makes you remember the times when the porticoed area, as big as the church itself, was used as a sort of parliament, where the speaker stood in the main window on the facade, on an higher arch window, but still an arch, exactly as the ones in the portico. It is so much dense in meanings if you analyse it...

...............

Now prepare to the purest gold and the brightest art all at once!
The masterpiece of carolingian goldsmith, the Vuolvinio's Altar, front side:



(from the website http://www.italiamedievale.org )

...and the back side:



(from the website www.atlantedellarteitaliana.it )

Oh, what glorious masterpieces.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 08:05 PM   #819
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a very nice video about Unesco's Santa Maria alle Grazie basilica by Bramante, where you can find the world famous Leonardo's Last Supper

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Some pictures made today by myself:

Sant'Ambrogio:



Some panoramical picture:







Some post ago I mentioned the fact that the basilica of Saint Ambrose is widely recognized as the "mother church" for romanesque architecture. I think that beside the beauty of the building itself it deserves a more "technical" explaination to fully understand the impact of the historical achievement of "creating" the saint ambrose style. Sorry if I bother you. In the years 1000s, western architecture was still dominated by ottonian architecture, so we're still in pre-romanesque era. In 1080, in the Speyer Dom (Germany), beam pillar was created: this was the key invention that led to the creation of cross vault and then to romanesque style. Of course there were earlier cross vault, but from the invention of the beam pillar it becomes technically possible to create high and, overall, wide vaults redirecting the weight of the vaults to the ground. In speyer dom infact the cross vault is still, for the last time ever, something more decorative that structural. This last step will be made in our dear Saint Ambrose just eigh years later the Speyer dom, in 1088: here the idea of the beam pillar was put toghether with another idea, the idea of structural arches. In Saint ambrose the octagonal beam pillar has every side connected with something never seen befor in architecture: a groin that evidentiates the cross vault, yes, but has also a static function. This static function lead to the huge width of the main nave of saint ambrose. Look at earlier basilicas, look at speyer dom: never a crossed vault nave has been so wide! In saint ambrose you can see the first groined structural crossed vault ever created! The genious who created this so distinctive feature is unknown, but his memory will be with us forever. The groined crossed vault is a typical feature for romanesque, gothic, neoromanesque and neogothic, ecleptical style churches worldwide. Well, when you see it, remember of the mother church of romanesque architecture, of Sant'Ambrogio where this so glorious feature was created. From Saint ambrose on we consider that we've entered in a complete romanesque architectural era. The arch becomes at the same time decorative and structural. Arches in Saint ambrose are literally everywhere, both inside and outside. and everyone is very structural yet very decorative. We've done with ottonian architecture! We're in a new millennia, and we've entered into a new style!

Another feature typical of romanesque architecture that we can see clear for the first time in saint ambrose is that the light here is a "shaped", is forced to enter in a single point. In pre romanesque styles, overall paleochristian styles, the light used to enter like in the old imperial basilicas, from the sides, to be reflected by tall, sheer sides and create a sort of whimsical, mystical widespread light. In saint ambrose there is just ONE point of light, the main facade, and the light is "educated" to enter from the arches of the facade and the exterior loggias. Even in the Speyer dom, eight years earlier, the light is more "lateral" than "axial". In saint ambrose, the cleristory is closed, and contrasted with dark "matronei", or galleries. This contrasts the light that enters in the main facade. This is a very typical feature for romanesque architecture that wasn't present at all in earlier architectonical styles and that we first can find here in the world's first fully mature romanesque style Sant'Ambrogio basilica.

Here is clear the point:
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So, for the horizontal emphasis on width and the axial light, both main romanesque feature and both created by the unknown architect that projected Sant'Ambrogio, we consider this basilica to be the mother church for romanesque style.

I hope you liked the explaination!

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore panoramical view:



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