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Old May 22nd, 2019, 02:39 AM   #1381
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Let's continue discovering the huge heritage of neo-romanesque churches in Milan!
Since Lombardy is one of the cradles of Romanesque art & architecture, it should not surprise us that during the late XIX-early XX century the revivalists styles insisted so much in building monumental churches in neo-romanesque style.

This is the Basilica di Sant'Agostino, one of the biggest churches in the city, it's very close to Milano Centrale railway station, and it's home of the Salesians of San Giovanni Bosco. It may be interesting as a note of colour that one of the many famous (or infamous as many would say eheh!) students that studied here at the Salesiani school near the church has been what would late become a milanese TV and media tycoon and later a politician that was Italy's PM for years (just very like today's Trump), whose name initials are S.B. you guess the name!

Anyway, this church has been build between 1900 and 1926 following the design of Cecilio Arpesani. The church nave is 27 meters wide and 80 meters long, and the height of the nave is above 25 meters high or so (do not know the actual height of the nave, but it's high indeed!)

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Side nave:

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Side chapels: the baptistry.

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Saint Giovanni Bosco, the founders of Salesians:

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The main altar, very like to the one of Sant'Ambrogio:

20190521_111020_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

The tall dome:

20190521_111011_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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The transept:

20190521_111157_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

20190521_111141_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

Ancient painting:

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The apse:

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The carved marble ambo:

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The very romanesque apsis:

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Old May 22nd, 2019, 02:53 AM   #1382
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Another eclectic church in Milan, not exactly a neo-romanesque but rather a neo-byzantine one, is the Santa Maria di Lourdes church, very near to the children's Hospital Vittore Buzzi.

The church was designed by Spirito Maria Chiappetta and was built between 1897 and 1902. It's one of the biggest churches in Milan, very monumental in its sheer size and has maybe the tallest dome of the city. The tall bell tower is more than 70 m high (don't know the exact height).
The facade differs from the original design of Spirito Maria Chiappetta. The facade we see today has been re-designed by Alfredo Campanini between 1900 and 1904 in an early Liberty-Art Nouveau style. It even reminds me the "Zigzag" Art Dec˛ style of the following decades of late 20s-early 30s...

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The cave of Lourdes rebuilt in front of the church:

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The Liberty-Art Nouveau facade of the church, somewhat foreseeing the Art Dec˛ "Zigzag" style of the 1930s...

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This fresco is clearly inspired by Masaccio's frescoes at the Brancacci chapel in Florence:

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The transept:

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The beautiful golden mosaic on the apse:

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The main altar:

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The beautiful "Via Crucis" paintings are along the nave, and the author of these paintings, and also of all the many frescoes on the nave, is Lazzaro Pasini

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The little baptistery chapel:

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Old May 22nd, 2019, 03:13 AM   #1383
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...And let's end this travel across Milanese eclectic big churches with a neo-gothic one, shall we? We have met this one church many times in the past, but it's always a joy to visit it again and again, since is in the popular Navigli district and it's almost aways opened!

Santa Maria alle Grazie al Naviglio, built between 1901 and 1909 following the design of the great architect Cesare Nava:

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The marble columns have been taken from the San Paolo fuori le Mura basilica in Rome. If you see the portico of that huge basilica in Rome, the columns are exactly the same!

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The beautiful apse:

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Beautiful modern stained glass windows:

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Old May 23rd, 2019, 12:36 AM   #1384
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...And talking about the architect Cesare Nava, another eclectic church in Milan build according his design is the Santa Maria degli Angeli e San Francesco church, built in a "franciscan" italian neo-gothic style between 1897 and 1899.

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The crossing vault on the apsis:

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...and after this collection of "new" churches of eclectic-late XIX-early XX century style, this one is really ancient! It's the baptistry of the basilica of San Vittore in Varese, 50 km north of Milan, very close to the Swiss border.

This Baptistery has been built between XIII and XIV century above an earlier hexagonal baptistry dating back to VIII-IX century. The most important heritage of this baptistry is the frescoes, dating back from 1320s to early 1400s. The author of this paintings, of excellent quality indeed, is thought to be the so-called Mastro della Tomba Fissiraga, an author we've already met in the frescoes of San Francesco basilica in Lodi, another big church of Lombardy.

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Closed portal with a giottesque painting above it:

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Spare traces of fresco decoration also on the exteriors:

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The statue of Saint John the Baptist dominating the facade:

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The baptistry stands beside the tall bell tower or "campanile", one of the tallest in Lombardy and in whole Italy, 80 m tall.

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When you enter the baptistery, you just stare in a state of awe:

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The frescoes of the Maestro della Tomba Fissiraga, of Giottesque feature, yet very personal in the colours and in depicting the faces:

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The apse:

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Traces of the previous hexagonal baptistery:

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The incomplete baptismal font, works of the famous Campionese Masters:

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Unfinished:

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Traces of frescoes everywhere:

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Carved capitols:

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Previous frescoes, now almost blurred:

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These frescoes are previous to the Giottesque frescoes of the Maestro della Tomba Fissiraga, and they're sometimes weak in quality:

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Beautiful crossing vault of the apse:

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Carved capitols part 2:

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In the lower part, the two contractors of the decorative works presumably:

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The frescoes of the apse, the ancient decorations:

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20190522_161509_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

The Crucifixion, probably the most beautiful fresco of the baptistry, works of Giottesque style by the Maestro della Tomba Fissiraga:

20190522_161216_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

Later frescoes from other churches exposed in the baptistry:

20190522_161233_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

The two-level apsis:

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The fresco of the main altar is much later, from the 1500s:

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The apsis shows traces of the most ancient frescoes:

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Another small but beautiful church in central Varese is the church of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph), built in 1504. The facade is from 1725 and has been designed by Giovanni Antonio Speroni.

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The interiors shows decorations made by Giovan Battista del Sole and Melchiorre Gherardini:

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Let's continue discovering the huge heritage of neo-romanesque churches in Milan!...the Basilica di Sant'Agostino
goodness... This was my local parish church when I was a wee bairn.

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Old June 12th, 2019, 01:33 AM   #1388
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JJ Katz, are you scottish? I love Scotland (been there many times) and that choice of words ("wee bairn") is pretty much from there!

Let's continue our ride, this small ancient church from the outskirts of Milan has never been published here, since it's almost always closed to visit. It's San Mamete in Affori church, a small rural chapel built in romanesque style. The first mention of this church dates back to XII century: Goffredo da Bussero writes about a St. Mammes church in the town of Affori in the year 1120.

St. Mammes of Caesaria (born in 259, died in 275) was a child-martyr that had a huge devotion in early eastern christiandom. It's rather unusual to see a church or a chapel dedicated to him in Western Europe, even if for instance there is a cathedral in France dedicated to him in Langres. The sheer fact that this chapel is named after an ancient, almost forgotten martyr could be a first proof that this milanese building has actually a much earlier origin than previously thought.

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On the inside, three very interesting frescoes can be seen. There is an ancient fresco that shows a byzantine aesthetics that would maybe suggest an even earlier origin of the church, depicting the scene of the Visit of the Virgin Mary to Saint Elizabeth, her relative and mother of St. John the Baptist.

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Detail of the fresco about the Visitation to Saint Elizabeth. The byzantine fresco is hardly visible, awaiting for restoration to shed some light about the datation of this work of art (and the church itself).

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The other two frescoes, one is a Renaissance fresco of excellent quality, probably form early 1500s, from the school of Bernardino Luini (follower of Leonardo da Vinci), and depicts a classical Nativity scene. The other one, on the right, could be a romanesque fresco now heavily altered in 1800s or early 1900s with the addition of an incoherent face responding to the iconography of St. Mammes.

20190526_143032_HDR-1 by gianni speranza, su Flickr

The main altar:

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The fresco depicting St. Mammes, you can see here the original romanesque part of the fresco (the body) and the ugly modern addition (the face):

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Details of the most interesting (and itriguing) fresco of the church, the "Visitation of the Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth", apparently painted in a byzantine style, awaiting for restoration:

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A little church tucked behind the Teatro Dal Verme, in Foro Bonaparte, very close to the Castello Sforzesco. It's the Santa Maria della Consolazione church, originally built in 1471 by duke of Milan Galeazzo Maria Sforza. The church was then rebuilt in year 1588 in late Renaissance style. The neoclassical facade was added in 1836 by the architect Giovan Battista Chiappa.

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The interior:

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The vault has most important paintings from Camillo Procaccini:

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Side chapels:

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The altarpiece painting shows a "Madonna della Consolazione", "Our Lady of consolation", and was brought here in 1502.

20190524_114252_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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Counterfacade:

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The masterpiece of the church: Enea Salmeggia's "Martyrdom of St. Andrews", painted in 1604. As a side note, Salmeggia is also known as "Il Talpino", "the little mole"...lol!

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Old June 13th, 2019, 01:54 PM   #1390
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An evergreen classic: San Lorenzo alle Colonne basilica! One of the most fascinating and ancient church in Milan, a jewel of the city. 1600 years of history on its back and still rocking!

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A less-famous "Last supper" fresco in Milan...

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In Milan there is a couple of late gothic "twin churches", one being San Critoforo al Naviglio church, that we often met in past posts, and the other one in this one, the Santa Maria Incoronata church, in central Milan, you must have met it if you've ever passed through Corso Garibaldi. The church, built in a Lombard brick gothic style between 1450 and 1460. More in detail: the left church was finished in 1451 in occasion of the crowning of Francesco Sforza as duke of Milan (this is the reason of the name "Santa Maria Incoronata", "St. Mary crowned"), and the right chuch was finished in 1460, as wanted by Bianca Maria Visconti, Francesco Sforza's wife. The twin church is an "architectural manifesto" of the marriage between the Visconti and the Sforza houses.



(Picture above from Wikimedia Commons)

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The apsis of the right church (Bianca Maria's one):

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The apsis of the left church (Francesco's one):

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An extremely beautiful fresco (or what remains of it) about the "Torchio Mistico", or the "Holy press", and it represents Christ being pressed and his blood-wine running down on all humanity. This very interesting fresco has been painted in the second half of 1500s by Ambrogio da Fossano, known as the "Borgognone".

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Side chapels:

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The counterfacade:

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Traces of the previos fresco decoration of the church:

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Frescoes on the right apsis:

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Statue of the Holy Family:

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The gothic structure of a polygonal side chapel:

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JJ Katz, are you scottish? I love Scotland (been there many times) and that choice of words ("wee bairn") is pretty much from there!
No, just an amusing turn of phrase. I'm from Milano, though I've lived in London for many, many years (as can be deduced from my website).
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Great to know, aye! feel free to wander aboot this thred, then! dinnae that was your kirk when you were a bairn!

San Paolo Converso in Corso Italia church, central Milan.
This church is the twin church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in Corso Magenta, in another area of central Milan.
The two churches share the almost same dimension, plan and proportions.
This one, San Paolo Converso, is actually later than San Maurizio: it has been built following the design of the architect Galeazzo Alessi between 1541 and 1580, and the facade has been built in 1619 following a project of Giovan Battista Crespi, known as "Il Cerano".
The interior of this church has been completely frescoed by the brothers Giulio, Antonio and Vincenzo Campi and their atelier, and it shows very interesting "proto-baroque" features, like the illusionism of an open sky, the dazzling perspective and a continuous movement of the bodies shown in the fresco, that simulates a "zero gravity" effect that suggest an upwards pull on the bodies of the frescoes.

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The interior, the public hall, with the fresco showing "The Ascension of Jesus Christ", painted in 1588.

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The vault of the public hall:

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20190525_155026_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

Side chapels of the public hall:

20190525_154710_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

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20190525_154810_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

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The nun's hall, where you can see the amazing fresco by Antonio and Vincenzo Campi, the "Assumption of the Virgin", year 1588. It's Baroque art being born in this fresco for me, some 30 years before Pietro da Cortona's paintings in Palazzo Barberini in Rome.

20190525_155059_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

Side chapels awaiting for a proper restoration:

20190525_155124_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

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Frescoed vault:

20190525_155219_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

20190525_155311_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

20190525_155243_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

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20190525_155457_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

Details of the nun's hall:

20190525_155835_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

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20190525_161948_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

Back to the public hall:

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Can you see the detail? There is a illusionistic painted hanging sign with a painted shadows that is just impressive! You just believe that that board is real and it's hanging from the vault! You don't see it? It's at the center of the picture...

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Below you can see a beautiful fresco, the Baptism of Saint Paul, painting of Giulio and Antonio Campi.

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The amazing iron balaustrade from 1700s:

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And now one of the biggest church in Milan, probably the largest after the Duomo cathedral: Santa Maria della Passione basilica in central Milan.
The church, as started in 1486, should have had an octagonal central plan covered with a dome, as usual in Bramantesque plans. The plans have been attribuited to architect Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, Giovanni Battagio and Cristoforo Lombardo (almost centrain his design for the dome).
In 1573, Charles Borromeo wanted the basilica to have a longitudinal plan, more suitable for the counter-reformation issues of the time, based upon heartful preaching to large masses. The facade, from 1700s, is a work of the sculptor Giuseppe Rusnati.

20190524_151246_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

The tall dome:

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The dome as seen from the Music Conservatori "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan, next to the basilica.

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The absolutely majestic interiors:

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The huge dome seen from the inside:

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The counterfacade:

20190524_154536_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

The apse:

20190524_154557_HDR by gianni speranza, su Flickr

Gaudenzio Ferrari's beautiful "Last Supper":

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In 2019 we're remembering the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo spent most of his productive life in Milan, for at least 24 years he resided in Milan. One of the places in Milan most strongly linked with the figure of the Tuscan genius is the Santa Maria alle Grazie basilica, whose refectory he frescoed with his most iconic painting: the Last Supper (please book in advance if you plan to visit it, three to four months earlier at least...)

The Santa Maria alle Grazie basilica is a peculiar building: half gothic and half Renaissance.
The first part that was built was the three gothic naves, which have been designed by the architect Guiniforte Solari, the father of the famous Pietro Antonio Solari that went to Moscow, Russia, to build the famous Kremlin towers (yes, the red brick style of the Kremlin comes right from the Lombard Brick gothic style! Who would have said that?).
Works on the gothic part of the basilica Delle Grazie started in year 1463 and finished in 1469.
When the Sforza house came to power, the basilica was seen as a possible Pantheon for the family. So, in 1492, the year of the discover of America by the Europeans, Ludovico il Moro, lord of Milan, called the great architect Donato Bramante to built a huge enlargement of the basilica in the new style coming from Florence, the style that would have eventually been known as "Renaissance style". Bramante would have transformed the whole basilica into a Renaissance jewel, destroying and rebuilding also the gothic part, but at the end the basilica remained half gothic and half Renaissance. Also Giovanni Antonio Amandeo, a baramantesque architect that we just met in the previous post about Santa Maria della Passione basilica, almost surely have worked on Santa Maria alle Grazie. The basilica was finished in year 1497, five years after the posing of the first stone of the bramantesque apsis.

The facade:

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The choir:

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The apse:

20190524_105037_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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20190524_105100_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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The counterfacade as seen from under the dome:

20190524_105116_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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The dome:

20190524_105242_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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One of the side naves:

20190524_105645_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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Works of art in the side chapels:

20190524_110220_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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A side chapel with the original fresco decoration from early Renaissance:

20190524_110249_HDR by ettorino3, su Flickr

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Look at the amazing floor of this chapel, made with maiolic tiles!

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