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Chiesa di San Michele, Casale Monferrato

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  • The Church of San Michele on the outside seems insignificant but inside it is a real jewel. The vault is completely frescoed by the painter Giovanni Antonio Cassano from Pavia. There are also several important paintings by Moncalvo. The adjacent Oratory should also be visited. Unfortunately, it can only be visited as part of the Casale Città Aperto initiative (two weekends each month). It deserves more, much more!
  • The little church of San Michele can be visited only by guided booking. It is a jewel that goes unnoticed, since it remains closed for most of the year, not to mention that it is in a passage way and that it is not particularly flashy if you do not look up to look at the statues depicting the three archangels , in the middle, above the simple solid wood door, stands San Michele that pierces the dragon. The land was donated to the confraternity of San Michele, or of the Nobili, at the beginning of the sixteenth century, a plot of the cemetery of the Cathedral. The classroom, with an octagonal plan, is surmounted by a dome frescoed by the Pavia painter Giovanni Antonio Cassano, who began work in 1597. The stories of the three archangels Michele, Raffaele and Gabriele are depicted. Each story is divided from one another. The paintings that currently adorn the church Annunciation, Announcement to the Shepherds, Nativity, St. Michael the Archangel, Assumption with St. Francis and the Carthusian monk, Rest in Egypt were attributed by the scholar Giovanni Romano and Guglielmo Caccia called Il Moncalvo dating them before 1614. The sixth canvas The dream of St. Joseph, dated 1627, is the work of Guglielmo Crosio. If you have the opportunity to pass through Casale Monferrato it would be really worth visiting.

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