This 4th volume concludes the scientific cataloguing of the lapidary collection of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. A series and a book intended for history of art enthusiasts, with a special focus on the early art and sculpture of Lombardy.
Within the walls of the Castello Sforzesco is a fabulous collection of works of art of inestimable value, of which the sculpture collection best symbolizes the civic character of the museum. This is the last in the series of books focusing on the castle’s collection of lapidary sculpture. The series has catalogued 1,997 works, of which 400 are on display and have been studied in detail, whereas the others have either been hitherto unpublished or studied very little. Hence the complexity of the huge work undertaken by the team led by Maria Teresa Fiorio and Graziano Alfredo Vergani with the editorial supervision of Carlo Pirovano. To catalogue the works in detail, the works also had to be photographed in detail. This was a mammoth task since many of the works not on display were very heavy, were arranged on pallets on four superimposed levels and had to be moved to be photographed. Finally it’s important to emphasize that, thanks to this recent study, it has been possible to correct errors and fill gaps resulting from the previous scientific survey. The works which were not initially included are now to be found in the Addenda section of Volume IV. The main benefit of this cataloguing process is that it has made many works that have hitherto been ignored accessible, thus completing the gaps in our knowledge.