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The church keeps inside the altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto – The Madonna in Glory with Saints John the Baptist, Anthony of Padua, Mary Magdalene and Joseph. (Oil on canvas, 330 x 215 cm).
The presence of Saint Joseph and Saints John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene and Anthony expresses the Church’s intention to encourage the sacraments’ saving function which refers to the painted allegories. Saint John the Baptist represents the Baptism, Saint Anthony of Padua represents the Confirmation; Mary Magdalene the Extreme Unction and Joseph the sacrament of Marriage.
The four saint’s vision of the Virgin in her magnificence is placed in a space in the foreground which is welded with that of the background via a semi-circular wall beyond which ancient monuments are erected; the perspective layout of the monuments assumes a symbolic and historic virtue of the decline of the pagan world and the arrival of the new Christian era.
The work was commissioned in 1547 by the mayor of Mogliano, Jacomo Boninfante, at the price of 130 gold crowns to be paid in several installments, which also included the cost of the frame gilded wooden, built by Bartolomeo de San intaiador Cassano. The altarpiece was completed in 1548 and handed over to the community by the student Durante Nobili. The original frame is guarded in the adjoining sacristy.