As we explored the two cloisters of the Catholic University, we came upon a plaque dedicated to Aristide Calderini, the Italian archaeologist and academic. His family moved to Milan from southern Italy, when he was six years old, and from that day on, he became intrigued by the city, as he grew to love it. He would later become the director of the Chairs of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Catholic University, as well as a writer of papers and books on ancient history. Another plaque honored students of the university who lost their lives in World War II.
Two modern pieces of art graced the lawn of the cloister.
Before leaving the university, we went into the chapel. Along the side aisle, on the right, there was a sort of art display, which we found interesting. In the crypt, we saw an altar dedicated to one of the university’s founders, Armida Barelli.
The artwork on display in the chapel was by the Italian artist, Dolores Previtali.
At the opposite end of the piazza where the Catholic University sits, you will find Largo Caduti Milanesi per la Patria, and the Tempio della Vittoria, or the Temple of Victory, also known as the Milanese Fallen Memorial. This memorial dates from 1927, and was built to commemorate the citizens of the city who lost their lives in World War I. The architect in charge of the project was Giovanni Muzio, who collaborated with others, including Tomaso Buzzi, Alberto Alpago Novello, Ottavio Cabiati, and Gio Ponti, to realize the memorial. At the time of our visit, it was not possible to enter the gates that surrounded the structure, so we had to admire it from outside.
The large statue at the entrance to the memorial is by Adolfo Wildt, and depicts Sant’Ambrogio trampling the Seven Deadly Sins. It dates from 1928.
Next up: We continue our day with a visit to the Chiesa di San Maurizio!
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