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

    An open portico built at the expense of Pope Pius II (Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini) which faces the Piazza San Martino. The small, three-bay loggia is exceptional for its lack of sculptural detail. Three elegant travertine arches are supported by columns with Corinthian capitals. Across the top is a plain entablature with the inscription PIUS II PONT MAX GENTILIBUS SUI PICCOLOMINEIS.

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

    Loggia di Braccio in center and the Fontana Maggiore to the right. To the right of the loggia in the unfinished wall is a portal designed by Galeazzo Alessi (1568), a pulpit composed of ancient fragments and Cosmatesque mosaics, from which Saint Bernardino of Siena preached in 1425 and 1427 and a wooden Crucifix by Polidoro Ciburri (1540). The Fontana Maggiore is by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.

    Unlike most cathedrals, the cathedral of Perugia has its flank [side] on the city’s main square…

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

    Baptistry is visible to the right.

    Dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (Our Lady of the Assumption). The cathedral was begun in 1107 with a plan typical of the Romanesque architecture of the Po valley and consecrated in 1190. It was radically altered in the later 12th century and the 14th to the Lombard Gothic style, with rectangular nave bays and deep transepts. The façade was rebuilt several times between the 12th and 16th centuries: in 1274 the rose window by Giacomo Porrata was added, in 14…

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

    Side of cathedral with south porch to the left, apse and dome in center, and towers visible to the right. This external wall is largely 12th century except for the dome (18th century) and porch (added 1453).

    Palermo Cathedral fuses the Latin basilican plan with the centralized Byzantine one. The four corner towers were completed in the 14th century, and the portal of the west façade is dated 1352-1353. In 1426 Antonio Gambara constructed the south portal, with wooden doors (1432) carved by F…

    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:

    The cultural diversity of Norman rule in Sicily is exemplified by the contrast between the Byzantine mosaics and the sculpture of the cloister capitals, which is predominantly Romanesque.

    [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 island. The site chosen was on a hill overlooking Pale…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01