Only one of the works we find in the Certosa di Pavia dates back to the time of its founder: the ivory triptych preserved today in the monastery’s old sacristy and presented here (photographed by Umberto Zucchi) in all its magnificent details.
The Certosa di Pavia, an immense lacework stone building rising out of the fog and water meadows of the Po Valley, was commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to extol his faith and dynasty. He also commissioned the studio of Baldassarre degli Embriachi (early 15th century) to create a pure-white ivory fretwork telling stories of Christ and the Virgin’s lives through images. Special attention is paid to the legend of the three Wise Men, who were worshipped in Milan. Before such a masterpiece of craftsmanship, it is only natural to want to leaf through its images, so to speak. And thanks to this book, we can finally do so.