Basilica of S. Maria Nuova
This is one of the most significant historical-artistic sites in Abbiategrasso, founded in 1365 according to the wishes of the School of the Blessed Virgin. In 1388 it was dedicated to Maria Nascente - like the Cathedral in Milan - as a sign of homage to the birth of Giovanni Maria Visconti, the son of Gian Galeazzo. The church is known for its irregular renaissance portico, which is decorated with terracotta and busts. The pronaos on the facade is even more noteworthy, its aim is to protect a fresco of Our Lady transported here at the end of the 1500's. From 1700 the design of the pronaos is said to be by Donato Bramante, as his last work of art in Northern Italy prior to dedicating himself to St. Peter's in Rome, it is on the other hand an intervention carried out between 1595 and 1602 by the Roman architect Tolomeo Rinaldi.
On the interior, there are 19th century frescos by Giovanni Valtorta, the remains of 15th century frescoes and the noteworthy altarpiece with Our Lady giving the cord to Saint Francis, which was ordered from Giovanni Crespi, known as "il Cerano", one of the most important Lombard painters between 1500 and 1600.
Giovanni Battista Crespi detto il Ceranoart period
the sixteenth century