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Pietro Maggi a Crema: le tele della demolita chiesa di San Marino

digital Pietro Maggi a Crema: le tele della demolita chiesa di San Marino
fascicolo ARTE LOMBARDA - 2010 - 1-2
titolo Pietro Maggi a Crema: le tele della demolita chiesa di San Marino
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 01-2010
issn 0004-3443 (stampa)
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Pietro Maggi in Crema: the canvases in the demolished church of San Marino LICIA CARUBELLI Following the death of the major local painters from the 1600s, no personality of particular relevance seems to have emerged in Crema at the turn of the century. Customers then reached out to other areas, such as Veneto and Milan. Thus is explained the presence in town of important works by Legnanino and Giacomo Parravicino, who had been born in Valtellina but were living in Milan: specifically, the former’s Annunciation in the parochial church of San Giacomo and the latter’s rather imposing frescoed decoration in the church of Santa Maria della Croce, made in collaboration with the Grandi brothers, specialized in the technique of quadratura. Pietro Maggi – to whom a cycle of canvases for the church of Bagnolo Cremasco has been attributed in the past – belonged to the very same milieu; his name is now being associated with a group of 6 canvases formerly in the church of San Marino in Crema, seat of the Barnabite Fathers in the 17th and 18th centuries. These works ought to be attributed to the Milanese painter on the basis of clear similarities with his known production, showing close links with the figural culture of both Lombardy (scholars presume he was a pupil of Filippo Abbiati) and Veneto. The Crema paintings, representing Alessandro Sauli Receiving Communion, St. Libor, St. Francis of Sales, St. Anthony of Padua in Adoration of the Child, St. Anne and the Virgin Mary, St. Charles in Adoration of the Crucifix, show the work of a painter up to date with the most important 18th Century innovations, such as light and bright colors and a vibrant atmosphere, if still within a more traditional classicism.

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