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from issue no. 03 - 2011

Anagni Cathedral and its crypt

by Lorenzo Cappelletti

Anagni Cathedral in its present form dates back to Saint Peter of Salerno, bishop of Anagni between 1062 and 1105.
Its crypt safeguards one of the most important cycles of Medieval frescoes in Italy. There are over 50 paintings plus innumerable friezes which are all part of the one pictorial plan, the work of various masters and schools. The school of the so-called First Master, to whom the entire apocalyptic cycle is attributed and who was thought to have been initially commissioned for the entire enterprise was feasibly at work at the time of Innocent III with whose sensibilities and Magisterium the series is also in line.

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