Loquis: Chiesa di Santa Maria Bressanoro

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Chiesa di Santa Maria Bressanoro


Published on:  2018-11-14 19:23:36

  Notes of art in Lombardy

Not far from the town rises, solemn and isolated, the church of Santa Maria, in Le Valli, completely surrounded by the green countryside of Cremona. The imposing construction in masonry, commissioned by Bianca Maria Visconti, rises on an innovative Greek cross plan, freely reinterpreted by the designer.The central body consists of a large square from which the four side arms branch off, also square, surmounted by domes in wedges. On the central square rises the dome enclosed by the mighty octagonal lantern. In 1505 a polygonal choir was added to the original nucleus in axis with the main entrance. The resulting synthesis is a marvelous example of Renaissance architecture both at an architectural and decorative level, with splendid terracotta friezes and two spectacular cycles of frescoes from the fifteenth century.

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