Guilio Romano's Monumental Sacristy in the Abbazia di San Benedetto

Generally our Sacristy Tour series is focused on the contents of sacristies -- vestments, liturgical metalwork and so forth -- but every once and awhile it is the sacristy itself that is noteworthy and that is certainly the case in this instance,  the monumental sacristy of the Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone, Italy, designed by 16th century artist and architect, Guilio Romano (1499-1546) -- a student of Raphael.

Let's take a look around, beginning with the vaulted ceiling.

St. Benedict
Of particular interest are the magnificently carved sacristy cupboards:

As for the vestments on display, the set notably incorporates medieval velluto a inferriata (voided velvet) that dates from the 15th century.

Photos: Nicola de Grandi

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