Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma

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San Giovanni Evangelista is a church in Parma, northern Italy, part of a complex also including a Benedictine convent and grocery.HistoryWorks for the abbey and church were started in the 10th century over a pre-existing oratory associated with St. Colombanus. In 1477 the whole complex was damaged by a fire.The abbey basilica was rebuilt from around 1490, with the present design by Bernardino Zaccagni dating from 1510. The construction ended around 1519. The design included since the beginning a thoroughly painting decoration of the interior, and a contract had been signed with the young Correggio, who a had already worked in another Benedictine monastery, in the Camera della Badessa of San Paolo.Correggio executed five frescoes groups. The first includes the lunette with St. John and the Eagle (c. 1520), followed by the dome, with the Ascension of Christ and the drum and the four pendentives decoration. The third work was the decoration of the vault and the apse ceiling of the Cappella Maggiore, partially destroyed in 1586 when the choir was prolonged: today the central fragment with the Coronation of the Virgin (now at the Galleria nazionale di Parma) has survived. The fourth intervention was in the choir's walls, which were totally destroyed during its reconstruction. Finally, Correggio added a painted frieze which runs for the whole internal perimeter. Preparatory drawings show that also the parts executed by his pupils were designed by Correggio, such as the candelabra in the presbytery's vault and the puttos on the cross-vaults.
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  • Yesterday morning, during a guided tour of the center of Parma, we entered almost by chance in the church attached to this Benedictine monastery. It is difficult for "minor" churches to fit into these Sunday circuits because when religious services are in progress, visits are suspended. Fortunately at 11 o'go there was no Mass and we were able to enter. This church, located near the cathedral, is no less than its most famous and visited nearby. The chapels on the side of the left aisle preserve works of Parmigianino and the dome has been frescoed by the Correggio. It's just a pity the church is so badly lit. To admire the dome you can enter a euro but for the side chapels no; you have to be content to see them in a dimlight bordering on darkness. I realize that for conservation reasons these works cannot be constantly illuminated because the light spoils the painting, but one could study a non-invasive way to make them visible.
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  • Very cute religious place beautiful like everything. Very nice cafes around poir relax after the visit.
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  • Great place:) I like it very much
  • Beautiful church.
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