San Lorenzo Church

Mortara, Italy

San Lorenzo church was designed and built by Bartolino da Novara between 1375 and 1380. Restorations took place in 1840 and again in 1916.

The unfinished brick facade contains a central rose window and lateral ogival windows, flanked by buttresses that taper into roof spires. Two exterior 15th-century bas-reliefs are above the entry portal. In the pilaster strips are 19th-century copies of depictions of the Saints Albin, Amicus and Amelius found in a 15th-century polyptych by Paolo da Brescia, a work once in the local church St Albin and now conserved in the Sabauda Gallery of Turin.

Inside, in first span on the right there is an anonymous 15th-century fresco representing the Virgin and Child; in the second span, a Virgin between Saints Roch and Sebastian (1524) attributed to Gaudenzio Ferrari. The first chapel houses a panel depicting the Madonna of the Rosary (1578) by Bernardo Lanino; the same author painted a panel is crowned by tablets depicting the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. The niche is completed by four canvases depicting the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of the AnnunciationFlight to Egypt, and Rest of the Holy Family by Giulio Cesare Procaccini, in addition to a canvas of Glory in Paradise attributed to Camillo Procaccini. In the second chapel, above the altar, is the large altarpiece depicting Crucifixion with Saints Ambrosius, Laurentius and Mary the Magdalen, (1610) by Giovanni Battista Crespi.

In the first chapel on the left is a 15th-century Christmas Nativity scene made in wood with about 80 low relief figures by Lorenzo da Mortara. Next to this is a San Carlo in prayer and St Anne with Virgin attributed to Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli.

The second chapel has a fifteenth-century polyptych on a six-parted table, by A. De Mulini.



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Founded: 1375-1380
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Davide Ponchiroli (16 months ago)
Bella chiesa che non pensi di trovare in un paese piccolo, posto solo 2 foto ( che non rendono ) ma invito tutti a visitarla
Gennaro Scarlato (20 months ago)
Chiesa ben tenuta, si trova alle spalle del municipio di Mortara, con un ampio piazzale davanti (non accessibile in auto) e l' oratorio di fianco. Internamente è molto bella, non troppo luminosa ma con un senso di "sacralità" che da suggestione. Sulle mura esterne si vedono ancora i segni dell'epoca in cui è stata costruita
valter vittoriano (23 months ago)
Si trova nella piazza del comune , i parcheggi per le macchine sono distanti circa 100 m. nella vicina piazza silvabella ,a pagamento nei giorni feriali solo la domenica e gratuito. Passando a fianco della chiesa si vedono i resti della pietra miliare romana. Bellissimo.
Flosta Cavio (3 years ago)
Very nice facade and nearby building. A glimpse of end middle ages, renaissance portion of city and life.
ogiemade (4 years ago)
My place
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