38, Cremona, Cathedral, study of west front

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Inscribed A CAUTION/CREMONA CATHEDRAL’, with other notes in pencil, 230x160mm.

The west front of Cremona Cathedral (1274-1606) is a mixture of Lombard Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance, possibly the reason for Mackintosh describing it as ‘a caution’, more likely in amazement than as a warning. He seems, however, to have been undecided about the cathedral’s architectural quality. His first impression was that it was ‘disappointing’, but on the following day had decided that it was the only building in the town ‘worth seeing’ ('Diary', 14-15 June). He made a further drawing (Hunterian Art Gallery) of the Tabernacle, attributed to Marco Romano (c. 1310), below the rose window.

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