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Wooden Altar – 18th Century

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In the presbytery dominates a monumental wooden altar entirely gilded with a ciborium and counter-reformation type side niches. On a base open with elliptical eyes that must have contained reliquaries, rises the structure of the actual ciborium with a niche supported by columns that completes in a cupola-shaped turret element, while on the sides there are two open niches, crowned by cupolas and with the statues of St. Geminianus on the left and St. James the Apostle on the other side. Niches on the front and back, volutes, compartments for reliquaries, baluster pinnacles, give the whole a micro-architecture character and produce a sumptuously decorative effect. This example of an altar-ciborium, a sign of renewed Eucharistic worship increased in the post-Tridentine era, is connected, in type, to the models widespread in the Lombard area and made possible the solemn Eucharistic exposition, as the central niche was open on both sides. For the ensemble, but especially for the carving of the ornaments, it can be dated to the 18th century of the Ceretti school, famous carvers who realized, around the mid-17th century, grandiose ciboria for the churches of the Reggio Emilia and Modena Apennines.