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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The cloister houses a collection of sarcophaguses and about 2000 fragments of tomb stones. Some of these contain inscriptions engraved in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, all taken from the necropolis discovered during the various works carried out near the Basilica.

    [Almost totally rebuilt after a fire in 1823.] In addition to the standard basilicas, several major buildings were erected or decorated in Rome in the 5th century that exhibit a classicizing style and have thus been identified as part o…

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

    Sarcophagus of Doge Michele Morosini (1308-1382) with a mosaic of the Crucifixion showing the Doge and his wife kneeling.

    The Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, known in the Venetian dialect as San Zanipolo, is one of the largest churches of Venice and has the status of a minor basilica. A huge brick edifice built in the Italian Gothic style, it is the principal Dominican church of Venice, and as such was built for preaching to large congregations. After the 15th century the funeral services …

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

    Cruciform brick building with blind arcades and pilasters.

    This small cruciform building was erected between ca. 425 and 450 as an ante-chapel of the church of Santa Croce (destroyed) and dedicated to St Lawrence. It was almost certainly not used as the tomb of Galla Placidia (died 450, daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I). Its plain exterior of blind arcades and pilasters contrasts with the predominant blue, green and gold interior, which contains one of the best-preserved Early Chri…

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

    The tomb in the south niche, beneath the mosaic of St. Lawrence, is especially imposing. It bears no Christian symbols and was probably a pagan tomb of a noble Roman. Legend assigns it to Galla Placidia but she was probably never buried here.

    This small cruciform building was erected between ca. 425 and 450 as an ante-chapel of the church of Santa Croce (destroyed) and dedicated to St Lawrence. It was almost certainly not used as the tomb of Galla Placidia (died 450, daughter of the Roman Em…

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

    Rome, Italy - Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

    It is possibly the first church in Rome where Mass was celebrated openly. It was probably built by Pope Julius I (337-352), although tradition claims that it may have been built before 313, perhaps as early as soon after Pope Calixtus’ death in 222. It was rebuilt under Pope Innocent II (1138-1148), in the first years of his pontificate. He kept the basilical plan, at a time when the Gothic style was gaining popularity in Northern Europ…

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

    Carlo Marsuppini (1399-1453), also known as Carlo Aretino and Carolus Arretinus, was an Italian Renaissance humanist and chancellor of the Florentine Republic. In 1444, he followed Leonardo Bruni as chancellor of the Republic of Florence, with whom he shares the honour of a monument in Santa Croce (designed by the sculptor Desiderio da Settignano).

    [The Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangel…

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

    Center circle is top of sunken rotunda with Napoleon’s tomb below. In 1676 he was commissioned to build the church of the Hôtel des Invalides, after Libéral Bruand, who designed the rest of the complex, failed to produce a satisfactory scheme. For this almost monastic establishment for disabled soldiers, Hardouin Mansart created a bipartite building: the first part [Église St-Louis], a nine-bay nave for the pensioners, has a barrel vault and side aisles with tribunes opening through flatt…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Former Benedictine priory church, dedicated to St Nicholas of Tolentino, near Bourg-en-Bresse, Burgundy, France. Situated on an important road linking the northern provinces with Italy, the church was built by Margaret of Austria, who secured the services of artists from the south Netherlands, Burgundy, Italy and France. It is notable for its surviving rood screen and richly carved choir-stalls (1530-1532), executed by Pierre Berchod (called Terrasson). Margaret, her third husband Philibert I…

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

    The tomb of Margaret of Bourbon is related to a widespread late medieval type: her effigy, watched by angels, lies on a sarcophagus decorated with weepers, with a greyhound (symbol of fidelity) at her feet, the whole fitted into a recess in the south wall of the choir screen.

    Former Benedictine priory church, dedicated to St Nicholas of Tolentino, near Bourg-en-Bresse, Burgundy, France. Situated on an important road linking the northern provinces with Italy, the church was built by Margaret …

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

    This statue has been moved from the crypt to a side chapel of the nave and assembled into one monument to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

    The change during the Renaissance in attitudes towards the affirmation of the individual is reflected in the later royal tombs at Saint-Denis. As with the medieval tombs, some were commissioned for the abbey, while others were brought in at a later date from their original places in various Paris churches, having been dismantled during the Revolution and r…

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

    Commissioned by Francis I in 1516, was completed only in 1531. Possibly designed by Guido Mazzoni or Jean Perréal, it shows signs of an attempt to combine the French and Italian traditions in a monumental style. The two naked recumbent figures of the King and Queen, visible through the arcading of the superstructure, were placed beneath representations of the royal couple shown kneeling at prayer on top of the monument. These strikingly realistic figures are attributed to Guillaume Regnault (…

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

    This statue has been moved from the crypt to a side chapel of the nave and assembled into one monument to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

    The change during the Renaissance in attitudes towards the affirmation of the individual is reflected in the later royal tombs at Saint-Denis. As with the medieval tombs, some were commissioned for the abbey, while others were brought in at a later date from their original places in various Paris churches, having been dismantled during the Revolution and r…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01