Alfonso Torreggiani’s new façade for S. Pietro Metropolitana di Bologna
Capponi (Lorenzo), 1733-c. 1776
Engraved plan, elevation, and sections of the Cathedral of Bologna (Metropolitana di San Pietro), drawn by Flaminio Minozzi, engraved by Lorenzo Capponi, and dedicated to Cardinal Vincenzo Malvezzi
[Bologna], Lorenzo Capponi, 1760
A rare publication commemorating the newly rebuilt Cathedral of Bologna (Metropolitana di San Pietro), dedicated by the printmaker-publisher Lorenzo Capponi to the Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Vincenzo Malvezzi Bonfioli (1715-1775), who had consecrated the church on 15 August 1756. The restoration of the primitive Romanesque-Gothic structure had been underway already for more than a century, when Benedict XIV took charge, commissioning the new façade by the architect Alfonso Torreggiani (1743-1755) depicted here (it was modified later by Francesco Tadolini).