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Chiesa di San Marco

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This church, very rich in artefacts, whose origins date 1607, year in which the bishop Carlo Bascapè laid the initial groundwork, was completed and consecrated in 1691. It was designed by the architect Ferrari, who built it in a Latin -cross shape with one nave and three chapels on each side. As soon as you enter, you are captured by the richness in images and the warmth of the precious materials that decorate the church: red marbles, porphyry statues, varnished woods, gildings and precious stucco’s (plasters). And then the paintings, of great quality, the most impressive of all is the canvass attributed to Daniele Crespi, depicting San Marco’s Martyrdom dated around the 1620’s. Opposite this canvas the enormous figure of San Marco, with a slip-knot around his neck, dragged by the riding soldier, appears as one of the most dramatic works belonging to the XVII century present on the territory of Novara. The painting’s realism and the almost realistic-sized figures permit the spectator to immerse into the scene and has still the power to move deeply whoever looks at it. High above, where the martyr’s saint soul ascends to the sky, one can feel the tension during the macabre procession towards the scaffold.
Besides this priceless piece of work, other important works appear along San Marco’s nave: Guglielmo Caccia, known by the nick-name Moncalvo, decorates the dome and the apse’s vault with a fresco depicting Dio Padre benedicente (blessing God) and the Gloria di San Giovanni Evangelista (Saint John the Evangelist Glory). On the canvases the evangelists and the Sibiyls (virgins with prophetic capacities inspired by a gods) beautiful figures frame the decorations. In the Processione di San Carlo Borromeo chapel where the “Santo Chiodo” relic is kept, Moncalvo depicts San Carlo during the procession, barefoot, followed and anticipated by the clerics, among which we can recognize Bascapè, directed towards the Duomo di Milano.
Il Seicento nel Novarese
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Il Seicento nel Novarese

F.Gonzales, C.Ranghino
ATL della Provincia di Novara

Itinerari d'arte nel Novarese.
Il seicento novarese rappresenta un segno stilistico forte che ha caratterizzato l'intero territorio provinciale, con un gusto suo proprio, uno stile inconfondibile che interpreta con fantasia ed estro le forme classiche, fatte di luci ed ombre che costituiscono la sua originalità.
Questa è la teatralità del nostro seicento "devoto": la meaviglia declinata secondo i dettami del concilio di Trento.

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