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The stained glass window designed by Trento Longaretti in Sacro Monte returns to its splendor

The stained glass window designed by Trento Longaretti in Sacro Monte is shining again


The honor dedicated to Mr Trento Longaretti (1916-2017) promoted by the Longaretti Society, the Floriano Bodini Civic Museum of Gemonio, the Friends of the Floriano Bodini Civic Museum Society, the Sant’Agostino Foundation, the Manfredini Schools in Varese sponsored by the municipality of Varese, the contribution of 8a + Investimenti SGR SpA from the Community Foundation
del Varesotto ONLUS, the Paolo VI Foundation and a collaboration of the Friends of the Sacro Monte di Varese and Sacro Monte di Varese Museums Association.

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The stained glass window designed by Trento Longaretti in Sacro Monte is shining again 4 of 16

After presenting the exhibitions, which are still in progress, at the Bodini Museum in Gemonio and at the Manfredini School in Varese, the project actually stopped, this time, at Sacro Monte In Varese, a place where important works of Messrs. Bodini and Longaretti are located: the monument to Paul VI (1986) in bronze by Floriano Bodini and behind it, along the stairs leading to the Church of the Annunciation, the stained-glass window (1989) created by Trento Longaretti.

The latter was presented to the public again after an important and arduous clean-up mission by Arkè sne of Varese, which was also completed thanks to the fundraising promoted by the Diocese of Sacro Monte in collaboration with the Amici del Sacro Monte Association.

A representative of the Longaretti and Association participated in the show Mariolina LongarettiHigh Priest of Sacro Monte Don Sergio GisoniPresident of the Society of Friends of the Bodeni Museum Constant PortatadinoArcheology representative Marina AlbiniRestoration Trustee Marco BartolomeDirector of the Bodeni Museum Laura Tripodthe representative of Arkè who has already carried out the restoration work, Umberto Brianzoni, President of the Amici del Sacro Monte Maria Rosa Bianchi.

The history of glass in the church of ANNUNCIATA

there Church of Annunciata The Sacro Monte di Varese was finally built six hundred, in a pre-existing religious building. In the eighties of the twentieth century, I was exposed to full recovery Wanted by Mgr Pascual Matcherestored in 1990. On the occasion of this intervention, a large window was created dedicated to the Madonna del Sacro Monte and Pope Paul VI, commissioned by Longaretti.

A work placed under the cylindrical vault of the church: which had the function of not dissipating heat and at the same time a spiritual work of art, given the place, but also devotional in which Montini, the Archbishop of Milan and the Pope, was well known and in veneration for the Madonna del Monte. In this way Longaretti created it using ancient techniques and adapting it to modern style and art.

EXHIBITION OPENED IN GEMONIO AND VARESE TILL APRIL 24

exhibition”Trento Longaretti. Light, color, shapes, silence, shadows‘, curated by Carlo Peruvano and Nunzio Giustozzi, can still be visited at the Floriano Bodini Civic Museum in Gemonio and at the 1911 Art and Coffee Space at the Manfredini Schools in Varese, Closes on Sunday 24th April.

On Sunday 24, at 4.30 pm in the Musco Civico Floriano Bodini in Gemonio, students of Liceo Manfredini who have won the competition dedicated to creating a work inspired by the art of the master of Bergamo will be awarded.

To see it, a series of guided tours

Seeing the impressive maintenance, which has restored the bay window to its original splendor, is not so easy: the church, which overlooks Piazzetta Paolo VI, where the sculpture of Pope Floriano Bodini stands out, is not usually open. “We try to organize ourselves with our volunteers to increase the opening time, at least in the summer and on holidays,” he explained. Maria Rosa Bianchi, Chief Friends of Sacro Monte. In the meantime, you can count on the guided tours that you organize archeologyExpected between mid-May and mid-June: «Chance to see this window return to its splendor – explained Marina Albini – but also to get acquainted with the many works of contemporary sacred art found in Sacro Monte, which Sacro Monte makes different from others, thanks to Monsignor Macchi’s interest in the subject ».

the program

Thursday 12 May 2022, 3:00 pm
The Three Churches of Santa Maria del Monte

Private guided tour of Sacro Monte di Varese dedicated to three of the village churches: the Sanctuary, the Old Crypt and the Annunciata Church. It will straddle the path between the ancient and the contemporary and allow you to reconstruct the centuries-old history of Santa Maria del Monte. The doors of the ancient crypt, the heart of worship on the mountain from the 9th-10th centuries, will be opened, and it will be exceptionally possible to visit the Annunciata Chapel, inside which there is a stained-glass window by Trento Longaretti. One of the masterpieces of contemporary art by Sacro Monte. A visit also includes the Baroque sanctuary with its centuries-old history.
Cost: 8 euros each.
Duration: 90 minutes

Saturday 14 May 2022, 10:30 AM
The Three Churches of Santa Maria del Monte

Private guided tour of Sacro Monte di Varese dedicated to three of the village churches: the Sanctuary, the Old Crypt and the Annunciata Church. It will straddle the path between the ancient and the contemporary and allow you to reconstruct the centuries-old history of Santa Maria del Monte. The doors of the ancient crypt, the heart of worship on the mountain from the 9th-10th centuries, will be opened, and it will be exceptionally possible to visit the Annunciata Chapel, inside which there is a stained-glass window by Trento Longaretti. One of the masterpieces of contemporary art by Sacro Monte. A visit also includes the Baroque sanctuary with its centuries-old history.
Cost: 8 euros each.
Duration: 90 minutes

Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 10.00 and 17.30
Trento Longaretti window

Guided tour of the Chapel of the Annunciation to admire the recently renovated glass window created by Trento Longaretti. Magnificent work decorates the ceiling of the church: a salute to Pope Paul VI and a hymn to Mary. The visit will be an opportunity to learn about the origin of the work, the construction technology and the commissioning of Ms. Pascual Macy.
Cost: 5 euros each.
Duration: 60 minutes

Saturday 4 June 2022 at 4:30 pm
Longaretti and Contemporary Art in Sacro Monte

A guided walk dedicated to contemporary art to Sacro Monte. We’ll start from the Mons Center. Macchi for galleries where works of artists associated with Pope Paul VI and Monsignor Pascual Macchi are kept, including Trento Longaretti; We will continue along Viale delle Cappelle to enjoy “Renato Guttuso’s Journey to Egypt” and will end in the village of Santa Maria del Monte. Here, in addition to dwelling on the statue of Floriano Bodini, you will also enter the Annunciata Chapel to learn about the history and origins of the Trento Longaretti stained glass window.
Cost: 10 euros each.
Duration: 120 minutes

Thursday, June 16, 3:00 p.m.
Longaretti and Contemporary Artists of San Maria del Monte

Guided tour of the Chapel of the Annunciation to admire the recently renovated stained glass window created by Trento Longaretti. The tour will continue in the village and within the Barofio Museum to learn about other works of current contemporary art closely related to Monsignor Pascual Macci, Archpriest of Saint Maria del Monte and First Personal Secretary to Pope Paul VI.
Cost: 10 euros each.
Duration: 90 minutes

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