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The Mausoleum of Cortesia da Serego in the Church of Sant'Anastasia in Verona

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The Mausoleum of Cortesia da Serego in the Church of Sant'Anastasia in Verona

The Church of Sant'Anastasia in Verona is a fantastic example of a Dominican Gothic religious building. It contains many funerary monuments, because the prestige of the Dominican Order incited the wealthy from Verona to buy a space inside the church to build tombs and mausoleums.

One of the most beautiful monuments is in the presbytery and is dedicated to Cortesia da Serego (1335-1386), a captain who worked for the powerful family of the Scaligeri, Lords of Verona.

The mausoleum was carved by the Tuscan Pietro di Nicolò Lamberti between 1425 and 1426 and consists of a central body in which Cortesia, armed and on a horse whilst holding a Baton, stands out. The horse is placed on top of a sarcophagus, which has always been empty, wrapped in a curtain with above the representation of a soldier and the coat of arms of the House of Serego. All surrounded by a large frieze of acanthus leaves which frames the scene.

A frescoed part-painted by the Venetian painter Michele Giamobono around the year 1432 surrounds the monument, while the upper section contains the painting of the Annunciation with a large aureole, containing the Heavenly Father wrapped in a cloud of angels; below there are two Dominican saints (Pietro Martire and Domenico).

The Stunning Church of Santa Anastasia is one of the places not to miss in Verona! The best way to find out all the facets of this ancient city is without doubt in the company of a local guide... Thanks to our exclusive private tour of Verona you will be able to discuss the tour itinerary with your guide and choose the place and time you prefer!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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