|Interior painting. St. Aloysius Chapel,mangalorean.com|
This historical Chapel built by them is a unique one and its glory is enhanced by a series of awe-inspiring and mind-boggling paintings on the interior walls done by the Italian artist Br.Antonio Moscheni (1854 –1905). In India it is rare to see a Chapel with fine interior paintings. Every inch of the wall, including the ceiling is covered with nice paintings and this Chapel is comparable to that of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Devotional and religious experiences made many talented artists come up with beautiful paintings, art work and sculptures, drawing inspiration from them. No doubt, the interior wall paintings of the chapel of St. Aloysius College are finest examples in India and constitute a national treasure that need to be preserved for the progeny.
|Interior painting. St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore. tourmet.com|
|Painting on the ceiling, Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore. alamy.com|
|Interior painting. St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore. alamy.com|
The sloping ceiling panels depict the Apostles, with floral garlands weaving through the panels.The striking feature is no two garlands have the same flowers. Impressive are the life-size Angels that hold the garland. The upper arches depict the saints of the Church whereas the lower ones depict Jesuit saints. These paintings include: St. Thomas, Apostle of India with a spear in his hand; St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of environmentalists; St. Peter Claver, who served the slaves in Columbia as his equals with love and care. Bl. Rodolfo Acquaviva, who was held in high esteem in the Court of Mogul ruler Akbar. St John de Britto, the first missionary to wear the dress of a sanyasi (Indian saint). He was a scholar who studied Sanskrit, Tamil and Indian customs.
The rear walls carry the painting showing Jesus as the friend of children. The entire work is simply a masterpiece of Br. Moscheni, known for their exceptional beauty and and depiction.
There are many paintings which take up the life of Jesus from his birth, the wedding feast at Cana, the Crucifixion of Jesus, etc.
Being in the coastal area where the SW monsoon brings in lots of rain, because of unavoidable seepage some paintings on the ceiling and walls were covered with formation of fungus and calcium carbonate crystals. It has now been restored but a patch of the un-restored painting has been left untouched below the woman seated at the right.Br. Moscheni had spent more than two years on the paintings and it is strongly believed, that he used the Sistine chapel in Rome as his model. So impressed by the perfection and speed of the artist who created an inspiring mater piece within the confines of Aloysius chapel, late Sri. C. Rajagopala Chari (Rajaji), first Gov. Gen. of independent India, former CM of Tamil Nadu and a great lover of Indian culture and heritage said,
|Artist Br.Antonio Moschenien.wikipedia.org/wik|
This Chapel is worth a visit.