57, Como, Cathedral, studies of window and two finials

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Inscribed ‘COMO/CATHEDRAL’, pencil, 230x160mm.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore was begun in the Gothic style in 1396 but remodelled by the Lombard Renaissance architects Tomaso Rodari of Maroggia (fl. 1487-1526) and Cristoforo Solari (1460-1527) from 1486.

The finials and window on this page are from the latter period. The previous Alexander Thomson scholarship holder, William James Anderson admired the ‘fanciful pinnacles’; remarking on how the ‘massive solidity and simplicity of the lower part of the building’ was opposed to ‘the delicate richness of the sky-line’.

He suggested that the windows of the south aisle might have been designed by Donato Bramante (1444-1514) (William James Anderson, ‘The Architecture of the Renaissance in Italy’, 3rd ed. (London: Batsford, 1901) pp. 53-4).

The drawing shows: a finial from the north aisle (left); a south aisle window (top right); the northernmost finial of the west front (bottom right).

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