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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Porta principale, parte superiore, Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo, Italy
Date Made/Found: late 19th Century
Printmaker: Fotografia dell' Emilia, Bologna , Italian
Material and Medium: photograph on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 490 x 355mm Sight size: 253 x 197mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG03704
This canopy is found above the northern transept, or left hand wing of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The church is unusual, having no central doorway. Instead, the main entrances are to the side, under each transept. Both doors are decorated by elaborate porches and were individually carved by Giovanni da Campione during the 1350s and 60s. The lower canopy contains sculptures of St Barbara, St Vincent and St Alexander. The upper niche contains sculptures of St Esther and St Grata, with the Madonna and Child at the centre. Ruskin greatly admired the style and colour of early decoration such as that of Santa Maria Maggiore, which he described as ‘Lombardic Gothic’. Ruskin wrote very little about this church itself, but this photograph was added to the collection by William White, the second curator, who toured Italy in Ruskin's footsteps.
Display Location: In Store
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