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Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, Milan, Santa Maria delle Grazie, studies of west door

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Title Milan, Santa Maria delle Grazie, studies of west door
Other Images Modern Photos
Collection Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s Northern Italian Sketchbook: Glasgow School of Art
Artist Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Corso Magenta, is a brick church originally designed by the Milanese architect Guiniforte Solari (1429-81). Solari's Gothic church of 1466-90 was modified from 1492 when a Renaissance domed crossing and the marble west porch were added. These have been attributed to Donato Bramante (1444-1514). Mackintosh singled out the ‘very good renaissance porch' for praise but wrote disparagingly that ‘the renaissance work on the exterior of the dome & trancepts [sic] is to speak mildly comical' (‘Diary', 28 June).

The drawing contains: perspective of porch (left); profile of entablature and capital with details of scultured bands on columns (right); moulding of base of column (bottom right).

It has been suggested that Mackintosh may have used the porch as a model for his arched entrance hall to the Glasgow Art Club (1892-3) (see p. 90) (Roger Billcliffe, ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh: the complete furniture, furniture drawings & interior designs' (London: Lutterworth Press, 1979), pp.28-9). A similar porch also appears in an early design for the Glasgow Herald Building (see p. 94).

Page Number 56
Inscription Inscribed ‘DOORWAY/S. MARIA DEL[sic] GRAZIE/MILAN’ and other notes in pencil
Location Milan
Subject Milan; churches; doorways; Renaissance; porches; Churches (exteriors)
Measurements 230x160mm.
Rights Glasgow School of Art



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