Notre Dame de Rouen. The façade of the Gothic Church in France. Photographer: Hippo1947. Licence: SHUTTERSTOCK.

Sunday 16 June 2024

Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Of The Nativity Of Saint Mary, Milan, Italy. Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana Di Santi Maria Nascente, Milano. (Part Six).

English: Milan Cathedral.
Italiano: Milano - Duomo.
This File: 30 January 2014.
Source: Own work.
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unless stated otherwise.

After the accession of Carlo Borromeo to the Archbishop’s Throne, all Lay Monuments were removed from the Duomo. These included the tombs of Giovanni, and Filippo Maria ViscontiFrancesco I and his wife Bianca, Galeazzo Maria, which were taken to unknown destinations.

However, Borromeo’s main intervention was the appointment, in 1571, of Pellegrino Pellegrini as Chief Engineer — a contentious move, since to appoint Pellegrino, who was not a Lay Brother of the Duomo, required a revision of the Fabbrica’s statutes.

Borromeo and Pellegrini strove for a new Renaissance appearance for the Cathedral, that would emphasise its Roman / Italian nature, and subdue the Gothic Style, which was now seen as foreign.

English: The Nave, Milan Cathedral.
Italiano: Interno del Duomo di Milano.
Photo: 13 January 2007.
Source: Own work.

As the façade still was largely incomplete, Pellegrini designed a “Roman” Style, with Columns, Obelisks, and a large Tympanum.

When Pellegrini’s design was revealed, a competition for the design of the façade was announced, and this elicited nearly a dozen entries, including one by Antonio Barca.[12]

This design was never carried out, but the interior decoration continued: During 1575-1585, the Presbytery was rebuilt, while new Altars and the Baptistry were added. The wooden Choir Stalls were constructed by 1614 for The High Altar by Francesco Brambilla.

Milan Cathedral.
Date: 1870s.
Giacomo Brogi (1822-1881) - “Milan - The Cathedral”. Catalogue # 3818a.
Italiano: Giacomo Brogi (1822-1881) - “Milano - 
La Cattedrale”. Numero di catalogo: 3818a.
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