The Duomo in Milan has been talking to us for a few weeks now. Its voice comes from the Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, the organization that has been providing maintenance for the magnificent cathedral since 1387, which last November 24th opened the photographic exhibition “Il Duomo si racconta”, open until February 28th 2017.
The show is divided into two parts and presents a selection of 28 vintage images portraying the huge edifice from various points of view: a splendid gallery of images captured between 1860 and the 1970s, set up in the headquarters of the Veneranda Fabbrica Archives.
The itinerary continues inside the Church of San Gottardo in Corte, where 34 images by photo reporter Alessandro Gandolfi immortalize the renovation of the Cathedral carried out in 2015 by Fabbrica del Duomo. His photo essay was published in “National Geographic” in July 2016.
Looking at the show’s photographs we might for a moment share the surprise felt by the leading character in Manzoni’s “The Betrothed”, when he first came to Milan:
Renzo mounted by one of these passes to the more elevated ground, and, looking around him, beheld the noble pile of the cathedral towering alone above the plain, not as if standing in the midst of a city, but rather as though it rose from a desert. He paused, forgetful of all his sorrows, and contemplated thus at a distance that eighth wonder of the world, of which he had heard so much from his infancy.