Erik Nitsche: Our Lady of Consolation Church, San Marino
Artist: Erik Nitsche
A land of oleanders and roses, San Marino is a tradition-bound republic founded on the principles of liberty and non-alignment. Therefore, interaction with its European neighbors has been held to a minimum. However, when seeking to erect a new church dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation, the Sammarinesi looked to Florentine architect Giovanni Michelucci for the design. The choice of Micelucci proved to be an excellent decision. In the town of Borgo Maggiore, Michelucci's design became a reality. Michelucci's work sought to reconcile the tradition-steeped nature of the Republic with modern architectural forms. This blend of old and new is best seen in the Church's interior. Here, sweeping, gently curved roof supports recall the vaulted structure of the classic Italian Gothic style, while allowing for a distinctively modern "openness" characterized by large windowed areas. The main floor is completely open and unobstructed with rows of pews occupying most of the floor space. The altar is centered and slightly elevated from the main floor, while seating areas and a choir loft occupy the second, window level.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the San Marino Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued March 12, 1987.
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