PANELS OF THE BASILICA OF ST. ZENO realized with lost wax casting technique

PANELS OF THE BASILICA OF ST. ZENO

The Basilica of St. Zeno

The Basilica of St. Zeno was built on a sacellum (votive chapel) of the 4th century b.C. the destroyed by Longobards. It was rebuild by king PIPIN of the Franks in 807 and then rimodeled by benedictine monks of the adjacent Abbey.
estroyed once again by an earthquake in 1117 and rebuilt between 1118 and 1138 the BASILICA OD ST.ZENO is one of the most famous Romanesque monuent in VERONA.
Amongst many and precious artworking decorating the Basilica, stands the majestic bronze portal out, one of a kind.
The wonderful bronze panels covering the portal are 48 (at the very beginning it seems there were just 28 of them and you can see the different artistic "hand" of two or more sculptors) and tell the stories of the New Testament on the left side of the portal and of the Old Testament on the right side of it.
These panels elegantly framed and enriched by other figures and allegories (Saints, Virtues, Crowned and Scepters) are knows all over the world.
Since long time the are called "BIBLE OF THE POOR".

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