Santa Maria Assunta Parish
Santa Maria Assunta parish
The parish church of Santa Maria in Erbusco, most likely built in the 12th century on the ruins of an older building, is a clear example of Romanesque architecture. The single-nave church is covered by a gabled roof with ridge beams and has a terracotta floor. The nave is divided into four bays, formed by three large arches, with decorations under the arches as well. Elevated two steps higher, the presbytery opens with an elegant triumphal arch, covered with beautiful paintings that introduce the apse area, the most important and interesting part of the complex, where a basin decorated with frescoes from the 15th and 16th centuries is illuminated by the only light coming in from the splayed windows that soften the architectural structure.
Some of the church's most remarkable traces of its artistic heritage include fragments of a parapet dating back to the 9th century and treasured frescoes such as a Madonna and Child enthroned and an Annunciation that , due to the elegance of the lines and attention to detail, are attributed to painters that were clearly influenced by Gentile da Fabriano. Also in the apse, be sure to admire the beautiful fresco of St. Ursula and the virgins.
Another notable feature is the intensity of the fresco depicting the Crucifixion. The unique 16th-century frescoes are attributed to Ferramola; the chapel of the Baptistery was frescoed in 1624 by the Brescia painter Stefano Viviani.
The canvas placed in the monumental wooden altar frame of the Blessed Sacrament (the second bay on the left) is attributed to A. Paglia. The bell tower was built later, between 1396 and 1436.