LOMBARDIA - Milano - Cathedral
FILE : Milano Duomo 6
TITLE : Saint Eligius

LOCATION: Milano, Cathedral, window sXV

DIMENSIONS: window composed of 3 lancets; the tracery is composed of trilobes and a rose; h. 1570 x w. 280 cms.; each rectangular panel measures 114 x 61 cms.

PROVENANCE: Milano, Cathedral, window " quae est iuxta effigiem papae Martini et est fenestra una magna" (placed near the Pope Martin sculpture this is a large window in rear choir wall near the sacristy)

CHRONOLOGY: 1480-86

AUTHOR: Niccolò da Varallo (documented)

PATRONAGE: The College of the Goldsmiths

SUBJECT(S): 1a),1b), 1c), 2a), 2b), 2c), 3a), 3b), Modern patchwork panels; 4a), 4b), 4c) Architetcural Perspective triptych (by P.Bertini,perhaps was painted to complete the St.John the Evangelist window); 5a) The Vision of the Eagle ; 5b) The Birth of St.Eligius (left panel of a diptych; 5c) The Birth of St.Eligius (right panel of a diptych); 6b)St.Eligius brought to the King's Goldsmith; 7a) The Dream of St.Eligius; 7c) St.Eligius' prayer 8a) St.Eligius in the Coinsmith's Workshop; 8b) The Hospitality of St.Eligius; 8c) St.Eligius makes the King's Throne; 9a) St.Eligius consecrated a Priest; 9b) St. Eligius consecrated a Bishop; 9c) St.Eligius is prays after his Consecration; 10a) St.Eligius founds a Monastery (left panel of a triptych; 10b) St.Eligius founds a Monastery (central panel of a triptych) ;10c) St.Eligius founds a Monastery (right panel of a triptych); 11a) St. Eligius heals a Blind; 11b) The ill Horse; 11c) The Miracle of the Horse; 6a), 6c), 7b), 12a), 12b), 12c) Bible Personage (?) trilobes (by P.Bertini);6a), 6cc), 7b) Town View (traceries completing the trilobes ) (by P.Bertini ); rose (by P.Bertini).

CRITICAL NOTES : This stained glass window shows close analogies to the St.John Damasceno window in its identical narrative taste for little scenes of family life: The palette, nevertheless, is more delicate and softer, characterized by sky-blue, olive-green, orange, and pale red.The luminous tone is created by the use of clear,silvery grisaille. We can consider these panels the last ones executed on account of their iconographic sequence, because they show a vaster perspective and a less incisive drawing style than the panels of the Saint's infancy. Therefore we can suppose that their execution is datable between the two groups of panels of the St.John Damasceno stained glass window.

CONDITION: Several heavy mending leads. Many replacements and glass heavily overpainted by P. Bertini (1886-87). Some panels have been unsuccessfully sawed off by P.Bertini to be adapted in the south aisle windows.

Restoration and Conservation: 1966-67-Ven. Fabbrica del Duomo-Curator: E. Brivio. Cleaning system: on the external face clear water thickened by cellulose ,on the internal face a brush dusting. New frames in "bronzo marina" (a particular type of bronze alloy), and new copper protective nets. No protective glazing.

Many missing panels are now located in foreign museums.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: See Bibl. Duomo 5

PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS: Fototeca Ven. Fabbrica del Duomo

TRANSLATION: Suzanne Miele