A charming late 19th century pastel painting of the entrance to the Certosa di Pavia in Northern Italy. The painting is inscribed on the reverse - Charles Thomas, 48 Manor Road North, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16. Framed in a decorative ebonised and faux tortoiseshell frame.
Height: 26.5cm / 10½"
Width: 21cm / 8¼"
The Certosa di Pavia is one of the largest monasteries in Italy. It was commissioned by the first Duke of Milan and designed by the architect Marco Solari. Located 8km north of Pavia in Northern Italy and was built between 1396-1495. The monastery was home to the Carthusians, an order which was founded by Bruno of Cologne in 1084. The Certosa is a fine example of both Gothic and Renaissance architecture and is well known for the artwork it houses which is particularly representative of the region. Today only scattered parts of the monastery remain.
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