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Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, Milan, San Lorenzo, studies of plan and section and other details

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Title Milan, San Lorenzo, studies of plan and section and other details
Other Images Modern Photos
Collection Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s Northern Italian Sketchbook: Glasgow School of Art
Artist Mackintosh, Charles Rennie
Date 1st July 1891

San Lorenzo Maggiore, Corso di Porta Ticinese, is a largely brick church founded in the fourth century, rebuilt in 1103, and again in 1574-88 by Martino Bassi (1541-1591) on the original octagonal plan. Bassi was responsible for the impressive stone interior and the dome set on a high drum.

On page 63b of the sketchbook Mackintosh remarked on San Lorenzo's ‘interesting plan' which comprises four angle towers, with an ambulatory of semi-circular apses enclosing a central octagonal space.

In his drawing Mackintosh has depicted: plan (top); unidentified moulding (top right); elevation of section of interior (bottom left); detail of spandrel of arch in corner of gallery (bottom centre); lower part of cornice above gallery? (bottom right).

Page Number 52
Inscription Inscribed ‘S. LORENZO/MILAN’, with other notes in pencil
Location Milan
Subject Milan; plans (drawings); churches; Romanesque; interior; spandrels (wall components); Mannerist (Renaissance-Baroque style); Churches (interiors)
Measurements 230x160mm.
Rights Glasgow School of Art



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