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Interior - Basilica of San Petronio
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

(pronounced boh loan ya)

On this page, below:

Nave and chancel

St. Christopher fresco

Baroque chapel

Chapel - Stained glass

February 2020 photos


View of nave looking toward the chancel     ...     Vaulting and decoration of the central nave by Girolamo Rainaldi, who completed them in 1646-1658   ...  
Transverse arches and groin vaults   ...     Clustered columns 



Total of 22 chapels   ...   Clustered columns help support the  arcade




Clustered columns feature waterleaf motif in the capitals



Nave pews and chancel     ...     Balustrades


Renaissance  baldachino by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola in 1547  surrounds altar   ...   15th-century wooden crucifix   ....   Corinthian columns   ...     Double vase balustrade



Baldachino surrounds high altar   ...   
Rood crucifix   ....   Corinthian columns



Rood (although the crucifix is not located between the nave and
chancel)





View of nave looking toward the back of the church where the main entrnce is located




St. Christopher fresco


St. Christopher Carrying Baby Jesus  Renaissance fresco   ...   Unknown artist   ...   Two details below:


Detail #1 -   St. Christopher Carrying Baby Jesus



Detail #12 -  St. Christopher Carrying Baby Jesus




Baroque chapel


Baroque chapel   ...   Four details below:


Baroque chapel
Mary, Queen of Heaven - a typical Baroque  church theme



Baroque chapel
Note the Holy Spirit depicted as a dove



Baroque chapel
Composite maerble columns and pilasters



Baroque chapel
Gilded gates   ...   C scrolls and Flemish scrolls on altar in the background




Chapel - Stained glass

All of the stained glass windows in the basilica are exceptional, featuring exquisite painted colors


Stained glass windows   ...   Details below:


Two details below


Upper left   ...   Right: St. Peter holding the key to heaven



Lower right  





Chapel - Stained glass


Stained glass windows    ...   Details below:





Center roundel depicts Christ in heaven



Angel holding a lily



Upper left panels   ...   Left: St. Peter with his heavenly keys attribute   ...   St. Paul holding a sword  and Bible (his gospel)



Upper left panel   ...   St. Peter with his heavenly keys attribute


Upper left panels detail   ...   St. Peter with his heavenly keys attribute   ...   St. Paul holding a sword


Lower left panels



Lower left, right  panel - right panel


Lower left panels









Upper right panels



Upper right panels



Lower right panels



Lower right panel




Chapel - Stained glass


Stained glass windows    ...   Details below:


Upper left panels   ...   Right panel: note crosier



Lower left panels


Upper right panels   ...   Left panel:  Note crosier   ...   Right: Saint Anthony of Padua holding his attribute, a lily



Lower right panels




Chapel - Stained glass


Stained glass windows    ...   Details below:


Center roundel   ...    Pantokrator Christ



Upper left panels    ...   Right panel: St. Peter holding the keys to heaven



Center left panels   ...  Left:  St. Matthew the Apostle(?) and his attribute, a  money box



Upper right panels     ...    Left:  Saint Paul with his attribute, a sword  ....   Right: Simon the Zealot with his symbol, a  saw



Center right panels    ...  St. Thomas the Apostle with his attribute, a T-square    ...      St. Bartholomew with his attribute a flaying kjnife



Lower right panels







Photos and their arrangement 2020 Chuck LaChiusa
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