San Pietro in Gessate

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Church of Saint Peter in Gessate
(Chiesa di San Pietro in Gessate)
San Pietro in Gessate - Facciata.jpg
Façade of the church.
Basic information
Location Milan, Italy
Geographic coordinates Coordinates: 45°27′47″N 9°12′05″E / 45.462992°N 9.201500°E / 45.462992; 9.201500
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Milan
Status Active
Architectural description
Architect(s) Guiniforte Solari?
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Gothic
Groundbreaking 15c

San Pietro in Gessate is a church in Milan, northern Italy. Built in the 15th century, it is a noteworthy example of Gothic architecture.


The architect was either Guiniforte Solari or his son Pietro Antonio. The church has a nave and two aisles, with square-plan, groin vaulted spans, flanked by two rows of chapels. Instead of the traditional Gothic piers, the naves are separated by Corinthian columns in granite, the sole indication in the church of the contemporary humanist revolution started in Florence by Brunelleschi and others.

San Pietro in Gessate is home to a series of paintings of the Renaissance in Lombardy. Artists who worked here include Giovanni Donato Montorfano, Bernardino Butinone and Bernardo Zenale. The latter responsible for the impressive Histories of St.Ambrose in the Grifi Chapel. The chapel has a notable tombstone statue of Ambrogio Grifi by Benedetto Briosco. In the early 16th century Vincenzo Foppa completed for this church his famous Deposition, which later acquired by the Museum of Berlin and lost during World War II. From 1514 is a fresco by Ambrogio Bergognone portraying the Funeral of St Martin.