Certosa di Pavia


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Certosa di Pavia

(chārtô`zä dē pävē`ä), former Carthusian abbey of Pavia. One of the most magnificent of all monastic structures, it has been maintained as a national monument since 1866. The church, forming its nucleus, was begun in the style of the Italian Gothic in 1396 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, duke of Milan. Little more than the nave was executed in this style, since the Renaissance, diffusing its new taste, quickly dominated the design of the edifice. The facade seems to have been begun in 1491 by a group of architects and sculptors under the leadership of Giovanni Antonio Amadeo; it was finished in the mid-16th cent. Built of rich marbles and profusely ornamented with fine sculptural decorations, the facade is one of the masterpieces of Renaissance decorative design. The two large arcaded cloisters are of richly ornamented terra-cotta. The main choir was badly damaged in World War II but was restored between 1953 and 1959.
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Walter Padovani, also from Milan, brings an unpublished Lombard Renaissance sculpture--an early 16th-century marble prophet by Cristoforo Solari, the architect and sculptor best known for his tomb of Ludovico il Moro and Beatrice d'Este in the Certosa di Pavia (Fig.
Contract notice: Certosa di pavia - the work of securing and restoration of the church covers, dining hall and museum (Palazzo Ducale) of the monumental complex.
Gelfand and "A Tale of Two Dukes: Philip the Bold, Giangaleazzo Visconti, and their Carthusian Foundations," the Chartreuse de Champmol near Dijon and the Certosa di Pavia.
This chapter introduces Giovanni Battista Volpini through descriptions of his work at the Milanese duomo from 1662 to 1680, the Certosa di Pavia, Arese family palaces throughout Lombardy, and at sacri monti in Varallo and Domodossola.
In August 1946 what remained of Mussolini's illustrious corpse was `recaptured' in a small trunk at the Certosa di Pavia outside Milan, and two Franciscan monks (one the brother of the Fascist exprefect of Milan) were charged with hiding his body.