ITALY / ITALIA / ITALIERARE LARGE BRONZE MEDAL by WIENER CATHEDRAL OF MILAN WIENER, Jacques: Italy, 1860, Bronze, 59 mm
Obv: View of exterior
Exergue: CATHEDRALE DI MILANO
Rev: View of interior
Exergue: PRINCIPIATA 1386 DA GIO: GALEAZZO VISCONTI. FACCIATA DEL PELLIGRINI.
Signed: J. WIENER F. 1860 / J. WIENER BRUSSELLE
Ref: Van Hoydonck 177 Milan, a major city in northern Italy and the capital of the province of Milano, is situated near the middle of the Lombard plain. It is the seat of an archbishop, the chief financial center of Italy and wealthiest manufacturing and commercial town in the country. The center of the city is dominated by the Piazza del Duomo, or cathedral square, at one end of which stands the Cathedral of Milan. Begun in 1386 from marble from the quarries which Gian Galeazzo Visconti gave in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter, it was then the largest church in existence, and now, after St. Peter's in Rome and the cathedral of Seville, it is the largest church in Europe. The style is essentially Gothic and elaborate in design, though somewhat eclectic because so many masters contributed to its architecture through several centuries, notably Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, who designed the octagonal cupola, and Pellegrino di Tibaldo de' Pellegrini, who laid the pavement and designe ... read more