Inside the Fidenza Cathedral

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The interior of the Cathedral of Fidenza, sober and austere, is divided into three naves, interspersed with massive pillars surmounted by cubic capitals.

The workshop of Benedetto Antelami built the high vault using the ancient pillars, pursuing Gothic verticality. The walls are lightened by women's galleries with elegant four-light windows.

On the first pillar on the right is the “Madonna of the snow”, a fresco from the Cremona area of the fifteenth century and on the capital there is a rare sculpted image of Christ victorious over death after the descent into hell, from an antelamic workshop of the thirteenth century.

Crucifixion (16th Century)Museo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

The chapels, mostly from the sixteenth century, overlook the side aisles.

On the right aisle, the Chapel of the Crucifiction preserves a Lombard fresco with the Crucifixion (15th-16th century)

The Assumption of Mary (16th Century)Museo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

and a 1778 canvas by Carlo Angelo Dalverme with the Blessed Virgin of the San Donnino Consortium.

Saint Francis receiving the stigmata (17th Century) by Andrea Mainardi, detto il ChiaveghinoMuseo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi
In an ancona of carved and gilded wood by Gabriele Capra from Cremona (information 1600 - 1605) is the altarpiece with St. Francis receiving the stigmata of Andrea Mainardi (1604).

The contemporary altar frontal in wood painted with imitation marble is interesting: St. Francis still appears in the center.

The death of Saint Andrew Avellino (18th Century) by Giovanni Battista TagliasacchiMuseo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

Chapel of Sant’Andrea Avellino (formerly of San Pietro in Vincoli)
The saint is depicted in the altarpiece by Giovan Battista Tagliasacchi (oil on canvas, 1731), commissioned by the Municipality of Fidenza, whose coats of arms appear in the pilasters of the chapel itself.

The Ferrata chapel (15th Century)Museo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

It houses the Renaissance Ark of San Donnino (Lombard area, 1488) which in the panels carved in hard Oriano stone depicts scenes of the saint's martyrdom and is surmounted by his statue.
In the south lunette is the fresco of the century. XV with the Madonna and Child known as B.V. of the Ferrata.

The Ferrata chapel (16th Century)Museo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

In the east lunette there is a fresco of a Woman waiting for childbirth (late 15th - early 16th century).

In the pendentives of the vault there are four roundels with Evangelists (early 16th century).

Chapel of the Vallari (14th - 19th Century) by Jean Harmansz Geernaert; Antonio Leoni di ParmaMuseo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

The chapel at the head of the right aisle, of the B.V. del Carmine takes its name from the wooden statue of the Madonna del Carmine, attributed to Jan Geernaert (Bruges 1704 - Piacenza 1777). The other polychrome wooden sculpture is San Donnino cefaloforo, by Cesare Ceruti from Cremona (ca 1601).

In the apse are Christ blessing and the Symbols of the Evangelists, in sculpted sandstone of the century. XII-XIII; below are San Francesco; Christ Judge and The Last Judgment, wall paintings of the century. XIII.

The presbytery
The main altar is made up of the Sarcophagus of San Donnino in Proconnesian marble of the century III-IV.

Chapel of the Sacramento (17th Century) by Bernardo e Francesco LucchiMuseo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

Chapel at the head of the left aisle, of the Ss. Sacramento
It is full of paintings. In the vault Biblical prophets and allegorical figures, frescoes by Fidentino Bernardo Lucchi (1657). The altarpiece representing The Last Supper is a large oil on canvas by Francesco Lucchi (1611). On the right wall is the canvas with the Presentation of Jesus in the temple, dated 1600 and signed by Andrea Mainardi.

Chapel of the Crucifix (15th - 17th Century)Museo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

Chapel of the Crucifix
The carved and painted wooden crucified Christ is the work of a Lombard workshop in the context of Giacomo Del Maino (late 15th - early 16th century).

The modeled stucco Baroque ancona is attributed to Leonardo and Domenico Reti (Laino, 18th century); the mural painting with the Madonna and St. John the Apostle is by Carlo Angelo Dalverme (1776). By the same author is the wooden altar frontal painted in imitation of the polychrome scagliola, which depicts Christ Crucified in the center.

Adoration of the shepherds (17th Century)Museo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

Chapel of the Nativity
Adoration of the Shepherds, 16th cent. XVII, oil on canvas, from a 1568 engraving by Cornelius Cort, based on a design by Marco Pino (Siena 1521-1583).

Chapel of the Immaculate (17th - 19th Century) by Rusca; Terzani; MartiniMuseo del Duomo e Cattedrale di Fidenza

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Within an ancona of marbled stucco, it houses the oil painting on canvas dedicated to the Immaculate Madonna with Saints Francesco di Sales and Luigi Gonzaga, a work of 1803 by Biagio Martini.

Chapel of the Baptistery
It houses the baptismal font in sculpted marble, dated 1513, by Agostino Boccoli from Cremona known as De Lera.
The canvas with the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan is perhaps by G.B. Eppi (Parma 1552 - news up to 1608); the iron and brass gate is by Francesco Bossi (Piacenza, 1604).

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