Frescoes in Cremona Cathedral (1506-17)
by Boccaccio BOCCACCINO

The decoration of the Cremona Cathedral was begun in the semi-dome vault of the apse in 1506. Boccaccio Boccaccino depicted, following a time-honoured scheme, the Epiphany of God in the Last Days (Christ in Majesty) as the principal and culminating image within the church space. Later, in 1514 Boccaccino received the commission to begin a fresco cycle of the life of Mary and Christ on the walls of the nave. They begin on the left wall, running from the fašade to the apse and then on the right wall from the apse back to the fašade. The left wall is dedicated to Mary and Christ's childhood; the right to the Passion. Boccaccino divided the rectangular sections above the arcades of the nave into two fields by painted pilasters. The scenes of the fresco cycle were placed into these sections. In 1514-15 Boccaccino began with the first four scenes of the story of Mary above the first and second arches of the arcade: Annunciation to Joachim; Meeting at the Golden Gate; Birth of Mary; Betrothal of Mary. Boccaccino painted the next four scenes of the cycle in 1515-17 above the third and fourth arches: Annunciation to Mary; Visitation; Adoration of the Shepherds; Circumcision of Christ.

View all images of the fresco decoration in Cremona Cathedral by various artists.

Preview Picture Data Info
Christ in Majesty with the Patron Saints of Cremona
1506
Fresco
Cathedral, Cremona


Annunciation to Mary
c. 1516
Fresco
Cathedral, Cremona


Annunciation to Joachim
1514-15
Fresco
Cathedral, Cremona


Meeting at the Golden Gate
1514-15
Fresco
Cathedral, Cremona


Birth of Mary
1514-15
Fresco
Cathedral, Cremona


Betrothal of Mary
1514-15
Fresco
Cathedral, Cremona



Paintings by Boccaccio Boccaccino
| Frescoes in Cremona Cathedral | Various paintings |



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