The Creation of Plants

The miracle of life

Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

The Creation of plants (1549/1557) by Corrado de MochisVeneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

Tones of emerald green accentuate the details of this panel exhibited at the Duomo Museum, which originally comes from the stained-glass window depicting the stories from the Old Testament.

Stories from the Old Testament (1835/1838) by Bertini workshopVeneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

The apse stained-glass window dedicated to the Old Testament (V21) was completely remade between 1835 and 1838 by the workshop of Giovanni Battista Bertini and sons.

The Creation of plants (1549/1557) by Corrado de MochisVeneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

This panel refers back to the natural concerns of the mid-16th century, which can be seen in the meticulous representation of plants.

This sublime work dates back to the middle of the 16th century in which Corrado de Mochis—based with high probability on cartoons by Giuseppe Arcimboldo—sketches fronds of trees that blend together swaying luxuriantly.

Arcimboldo, famous an artist for his composed heads, began his career working for Milan Duomo, providing many cartoons for the stained-glass windows.

Leonardo da Vinci influence can be seen in this panel of exquisite workmanship: in the middle, we can see a river flowing placidly through a small forest. Nature is alive, the atmosphere is bucolic and brilliant.

It is the magic of the creation of plants; the greens make space under a heavenly blue, almost periwinkle section.

God the Father observes the world, watches over and blesses the sacredness of the moment. The head of the male figure, as well as the rays of the sun, are 18th-century additions.

Stained-glass windows roomVeneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano

Nowadays, the panel is kept among the precious testimonies that are in the Stained-glass Room inside the Duomo Museum.

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