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GLI AFFRESCHI TRECENTESCHI
This study deals with the internal and external pictorial decorations of the Basilica before its transformation into is present baroque shape owing to the Catholic Counterreformation. It reveals the frescoes in the south-western apsis, normally inaccessible to the public, those preserved in the southern women’s gallery and its passage which once could be seen from the central nave of the Basilica, the pictorial remains close to the sacristy and those still existing behind the present wooden choir stalls, as well as those half hidden beside the inner doors and last but not least, those almost effaced on the external walls close to the north-eastern apsis.
L’ALBERO DELLA VITA
This publication is dedicated to the biggest fresco of the 14th century in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, unfortunately partly covered by the baroque reworking undergone by the Basilica. The fresco has been created during the 1st half of the 14th century by an anonymous artist (known as the “Master of the Tree of Life”, who worked for various ecclesiastical projects in town) commissioned by one of the important families of Bergamo, the Suardi family. It tells in 48 roundels (the “fruits”) hanging from the branches of the Tree of Life, the story of Christ’s life, his passion and resurrection, while the personalities at the foot of the tree are the Saints Francesco, Chiara, Bonaventura, the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist.
L’AULA DELLA CURIA
This is one of the remarkable shrines in the town of Bergamo entirely decorated with frescoes between the 13th and 15th centuries dealing with episodes of the Gospel. Among these , the most outstanding one is the Last Supper, framed by decorations showing animals, plants, personalities, freezes, allegories and symbols. The latter are charged with intrinsic meanings which help to understand the didactic and religious messages of the depicted scenes. This is not only a precious example of medieval figurative art but also a proof of the deeply rooted understanding of the Sacred that was common to the medieval society.