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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The new Capilla Real at the east end to house the tombs of the Castilian monarchs previously buried there was completed 1575, to designs by Alonso de Covarrubias. It contains the tomb of Fernando III (El Santo) in a rich, silver shrine. The tombs on either side belong to Fernando’s wife, Beatrice of Swabia, and his son, Alfonso the Wise.

    Located in Seville, Andalusia, southern Spain: it is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. At the time of its completi…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Christ’s entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is depicted in the tympanum of the portal.

    Located in Seville, Andalusia, southern Spain: it is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. At the time of its completion in the 16th century, it supplanted the Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world. Construction began in 1402 on the site of a former mosque which had been converted. The dome has collapsed twice and been rebuilt. There are over 80 chapels inc…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Bolsena is known for a miracle said to have occurred there in 1263, when a Bohemian priest, in doubt about the doctrine of Transubstantiation, reported bleeding from the host he had consecrated at Mass. The Cappella del Corporale in Orvieto Cathedral lies on the north side of the main crossing. It was built between 1350 and 1356 to house the stained corporal of the miracle of Bolsena. The chapel also contains the tomb of St. Pietro Parenzo. The chapel is decorated with frescoes depicting on t…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    It was built between 1350 and 1356 to house the stained corporal (chalice cloth) of the Miracle of Bolsena (1263). It is from this chapel that the reliquary with the corporal is transported for religious processions through the town on feast days. Painted 1357-1363, the frescoes are primarily the works of three Orvietan artists: Ugolini di Prete Ilario, Domenico di Meo, and Giovanni di Buccio Leonardelli. The 1358 aedicula-shaped tabernacle was designed by Nicola da Siena but finished by the …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The seat of the Bishop of Como. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is commonly described as the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy, construction on it having begun, (on the site of the earlier Romanesque cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore), in 1396, 10 years after the foundation of Milan Cathedral. The construction works, begun under the supervision of Lorenzo degli Spazzi di Laino, did not finish until 1770 with the raising of the Rococo cupola by Fil…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Two baroque chapels were added in the 17th and 18th centuries, which are shut off from the rest of the church. Chapel of St. Benedict has a high-relief on the altar representing the Glory of St. Benedict, made by Ignazio Marabitti in 1776.

    [Cloister is now a State Art Institute for mosaic work.] It was formerly a Benedictine monastery. The foundation of the monastic house of S Maria Nuova by King William II of Sicily marked the climax of Norman ecclesiastical and artistic patronage on the is…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The chapel also functions as the cathedral treasury (Tesoro) and is elaborately decorated with Baroque art. There are no less than seven altars, four of which have paintings by Domenichino. A tabernacle behind the main altar enshrines a silver reliquary bust (1305) containing the head of St. Januarius. A large gilt-bronze grille separates the chapel from the nave.

    The cathedral is dedicated to San Gennaro (St. Januarius), Bishop of Naples, a martyr saint of both the Roman Catholic and the Ea…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    As part of the renovation of Verona Cathedral, which included a fresco scheme commissioned from Giulio Romano for the apse, Sanmicheli designed a semicircular choir (tornacoro) surrounded by a sumptuous marble screen with Ionic columns and an entrance arch (ca. 1534).

    Dedicated to S Maria Matricolare, Verona Cathedral is important for its Romanesque sculpture, particularly the two porch-portals, the earlier on the south side attributed to Pelegrinus and the main façade portal signed by Nicho…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist (Italian: San Giovanni Battista), it is adjacent to an earlier campanile (1470). It is the only significant Renaissance building in Turin, commissioned by Archbishop Domenico della Rovere from the Tuscan architect Meo da Caprino. The Chapel of the Holy Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone), the current resting place of the Shroud of Turin, was added to the structure in 1668-1694 by Guarini. The chapel connects the apse of the cathedral with the west wing of…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist (Italian: San Giovanni Battista), it is adjacent to an earlier campanile (1470). It is the only significant Renaissance building in Turin, commissioned by Archbishop Domenico della Rovere from the Tuscan architect Meo da Caprino. The Chapel of the Holy Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone), the current resting place of the Shroud of Turin, was added to the structure in 1668-1694 by Guarini. The chapel connects the apse of the cathedral with the west wing of…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    There is also a Gothic cloister and an old chapel of two storeys, of a date anterior to the cathedral.

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a classic example of Early Gothic architecture in France. Its five completed towers dominate the modern town. The earliest mention of a cathedral at Laon is in a poem by Alcuin of York (735-804). This structure was replaced by the present church. Laon Cathedral was accomplished in five major building campaigns. The central focus of the architectural space of L…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The old episcopal palace (Palais episcopal of Laon or Bishop’s house), contiguous to the cathedral, is now used as a courthouse. The front (street side), flanked by turrets, is pierced by great pointed windows. The twin doors of the north transept of the cathedral open towards the bishop’s palace.

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a classic example of Early Gothic architecture in France. Its five completed towers dominate the modern town. The earliest mention of a cathedral at Laon is i…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01