MOSTRA ARCHIVIO
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22 November Nov 2013 1753 3 years ago

Precious documents in the Archives

It is possible to reckon up the sums paid to Leonardo da Vinci for his model of the Duomo's dome lantern

To mark the occasion of the inauguration of the refurbishment of the Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica and the opening of the new reading room, an exhibition offering an opportunity to admire some of the very valuable documents held in the Archives has been mounted in the room normally used for storage.

Here visitors may admire a number of parchments connected with the history of the Fabbrica, such as the concession to quarry the Candoglia marble conferred by Gian Galeazzo in 1387, or Pope Boniface IX's papal bull, with which a Milanese jubilee was proclaimed in 1391 to raise funds for the building of the Cathedral. Reading the accounting records, it is possible to reckon up the sums paid to Leonardo da Vinci for his model of the Duomo's dome lantern, or the expenses for the decorations used when Margaret of Austria visited Milan.

Lastly a number of technical drawings for the designs of spires, spouts and rampant arches made in the 19TH century can be seen, as well as some printed musical partitas, examples of the abundant material in the Musical Section.