Giulio Aluisetti and the 19th-Century renovation
of the Church of San Simpliciano in Milan
Between 1839 and 1846, the basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan went
through a period of deep rearrangement of its interior: architect Giulio
Aluisetti operated a renovation that, while maintaining the
Paleochristian structure, altered both the wall surface and the sculptural
and pictorial decorations.
In order to examine such a crucial turning point in the history of the
basilica, the author meticulously wrote down documents from Milan’s
Archivio Storico Civico and those, never previously published, from the
City’s State Archive and the Parish Archive of San Simpliciano. The Archive
of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Ambientali ed Architettonici of Milan
was also a source, particularly regarding the 20th Century renovations.
Such a vast exam, together with a reconsideration of the existing
literature – among which the studies by Struffolino Krüger, allowed the
author to trace the chronology of Aluisetti’s intervention, identifying the
artists involved in the various stages of the project, and putting into
context the architect’s drawings.