The Church of Saint Martin

Cenate Sotto | Luoghi religiosi

A masterpiece by Moroni in the heart of the Val Cavallina

The most famous of the ‘family jewels’ of this parish church bears the signature of one of the most beloved of Bergamasche artists, Giovanni Battista Moroni. His works form part of the collections of museums such as the National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, but the opportunity to see the work of this genius of painting in a place re-designed by a genius of architecture such as Luigi Angelini is all but unique. 

 

At the heart of this baroque church is Moroni’s work “Don Leone Cucchi in contemplation of Saint Martin and the poor man”, in which the artist reintroduces one of his recurring motifs: the inclusion of the devotee inside the painting, as if inviting the faithful to join him in contemplation.

Constructed in the 16th century, the church was completely redesigned in 1910 by one of the most prestigious of the Bergamasche architects of the first half of the 20th century, Luigi Angelini, designer of over 400 projects across the area. The church of Saint Martin was re-designed from the pavement to the rooftop, including a new cupola that currently illuminates the entire interior.

The church is further enriched by brightly-coloured marbles: from yellow to red and green. Meanwhile, amongst the gilded plasterwork of the baroque-style cornices there are religious paintings depicting the Assumption, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the Ascension, the Holy Family and the Evangelists.

Apart from these works and the masterpiece by Moroni, the church also boasts a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows by the Fantoni, a talented family of wood carvers, sculptors and creators of intarsia from the Val Seriana, active throughout the province between the 15th and 18th centuries. Do not miss the tiny church also dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, accessible through a door that opens from the side wall of the church, near to the presbytery.

 

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OF PARTICULAR INTEREST:
– works by Giovanni Battista Moroni, Enea Salmeggia, Loverini and the Fantoni workshop.

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VISITING…
Open every day from 7.00 to 19.00
Group visits can be pre-booked
Length of the visit: around 60 minutes
Parking: Yes.
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Promotional material provided by the Associazione InChiostro, Itinerari e incontri d’arte 

 

 

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