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In margine a tre rappresentazioni del Santo Chiodo

digital In margine a tre rappresentazioni del Santo Chiodo
fascicolo ARTE LOMBARDA - 2015 - 3
titolo In margine a tre rappresentazioni del Santo Chiodo
Editore Vita e Pensiero
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online da 05-2016
issn 0004-3443 (stampa) | 2785-1117 (digitale)
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A memorial stone in the Castello Sforzesco, coming from the demolished Milanese church of Santa Maria Beltrade, is remarkable both for its contents and for its form. The 18 lines of the inscription (a beautiful example of minuscule introduced by an adorned initial I) relate the foundation of a chapel by magister Antonio de Solano, in the service of Bernabò Visconti, in which chapel the wife of the founder, Malgarina, was buried. The inscription is also certified by three coats of arms, here identified with those of Solano, Martignoni, Pietrasanta. The huge representation of a reliquary, here identified as that of the Holy Nail, precedes the text. This same reliquary is also represented in two luxury codices from Milan, one of them belonging to Giangaleazzo Visconti and the other one to Visconti’s ambassador in Rome, Anselmo Rozio. As the making of the memorial stone occurred one year after the clash of the schism, the prominence given to the reliquary, in the circle of Bernabò, appears meaningful. Also for Giangaleazzo the relic was instrumental at the time when he was engaged in the building of the new cathedral. At the same time Rozio’s book of hours (the famous Modena Book of Hours), where the representation of the reliquary is prominent, introduces the possibly first known image of the, later to be sanctified, Peter of Luxembourg, in so far paying witness to the disconfort of the Christian community at the time of the schism. At the same time, the coats of arms, gathered in the memorial stone, point to a precise circle of Milanese families, one of them connected to the recently founded Studium Generale of Pavia.