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Title Milan, Sant’Ambrogio, study of south elevation of easternmost bay of nave, with details
Collection Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s Northern Italian Sketchbook: Glasgow School of Art
Artist Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The three-aisled Lombard Romanesque basilica of Sant'Ambrogio was consecrated by Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, in 386. The structural form of the nave, each bay of which is identical, dates from the late twelfth century. The three westernmost bays have rib vaults, the easternmost, drawn by Mackintosh, has a dome on squinches. He described Sant'Ambrogio as ‘a quaint old thing in stone brick and plaster' (‘Diary', 28 June).

The drawing indicates: a squinch (top left); elevation of a bay (centre); plan of a pier showing the arrangement of the vaulting (bottom).

Page Number 49
Inscription Inscribed ‘S. AMBROGIO MILAN’, with other notes in pencil
Location Milan
Subject Milan; churches; Romanesque; squinches; squinch; arches; bays (building divisions); interior; piers (supporting elements); naves; Churches (interiors)
Measurements 230x160mm.
Rights Glasgow School of Art



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