Looking out of place because of its utterly simplistic architecture, the Church of St. Mary of the Angels (Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli) along the shore of Lake Lugano is one of the most interesting, but overlooked, sites in the picturesque town. While nearby Via Nassa is brimming with shoppers, luxury labels, outdoor restaurants and colorful vegetable stalls, the little church is plain on the outside, but magnificent on the inside. Renaissance artist Bernadino Luini’s masterpieces grace the walls. His version of the Last Supper is reminiscent, yet very dissimilar from his contemporary Leonardo DaVinci’s version in Milan. One of the most striking differences is the position of the figure to the right of the Christ figure; those familiar with Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, will definitely consider the significance of Luini’s arrangement. To see my pictures of Lake Lugano and the church frescos, go to my website: http://savvysightseer.wix.com/savvy#!lake-lugano/c1m03. Without a doubt, a stop in the church should be a part of any visit to Lugano!
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