Interior of the church Santa Maria degli Angioli in Lugano, Switzerland.

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Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli


This simple Romanesque church contains two frescos by Bernardino Luini dating from 1529. Covering the entire wall that divides the church in two is a grand didactic illustration of the crucifixion of Christ. The power and vivacity of the colours are astounding.

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