The volume is the outcome of an extensive research that has recorded all the churches built between 1945 and 1993 in the Ambrosian Diocese. The work, done upon request and in accordance with the Office of New Churches of the Curia of Milan, for every ecclesiastic architecture found the name, the designer, the year of construction, the description of the layout, the measurements, the materials used, the history and circumstances of the construction, the works of the artists who entered the sacred space, the specific bibliography. The reconstruction of the body of more than 300 churches built in the territory Ambrosian over the period, has allowed a number of important surveys and knowledge, enabling to identify architectural and ecclesiastical, disciplinary and pastoral trends derived from specific characteristics, including that of be equipped with its own liturgical rite. The essays part of the catalog of the churches are divided into different pertinences: the relationship between architecture and liturgy, the design issues, the role of patronage and historical-critical conduct in three essays according the cadences of the relative bishops, then a text on the presence of artistic interventions within the architecture of the Church in its problematic debate. The historical-critical essay, which covers the period during the bishops of Schuster and Montini (1945-1963), wants to highlight the development of the architectural theme marked by the emergence of the immediate post-war period, but nevertheless also by the intensity and richness of the theoretical and disciplinary debate raised in that period to regulate all the aspects of contemporary culture. The tracks of the International Liturgical Movement in dialogue with the options of architects are mainly activated by Archbishop Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI, who involves the most important names of professionals in Milan. The result is an interesting experimentation that contributes to the definition of the contemporary thought regarding the sacred architecture and the care facilities connected. This plan prepares the Second Vatican Council and will have a significant importance for the upgrades due to the liturgical reform.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The new churches of the diocese of Milan 1945-1993|
|Publisher||Vita e Pensiero|
|Number of pages||294|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|