La-cappella-di-San-Sisto---particolare

Chapel of St. Sixtus

Completing the journey of the right aisle, one reaches the chapel called St. Sixtus, on the right side of the presbytery. In an urn placed on the altar, are conserved those that – according to the tradition – are the relics of St. Sixtus I, Pope and Martyr of the second century.
In the chapel’s ceiling the martyrdom of St. Sixtus is painted (Bozzano, sec. XIX).
Another recall (also expressed in other chapels of the cathedral) to the very high value of martyrdom: the supreme witness of faith in Jesus Christ.

The altar (XVII-XVIII sec.) is dominated by a remarkable sixteenth-century painting depicting the Madonna Enthroned with Saints Peter and Paul (or Luke).
The Apostle Peter (left) is recognizable by the traditional appearance and the colours of his clothes (blue tunic and yellow mantle, as already seen in other works inside the Cathedral: Jesus and the children, Jesus and the adulteress, in the chapel of Mercy).
The other apostle (right) has no particular distinguishing marks, so it is difficult to identify (eg. he has a sword that is not usually the symbol of the martyrdom of St. Paul).
The work is due to A. Pizza from Lodi (the first two decades of the century. XVI).

On the right wall, a marble relief depicting the Presentation of Mary in the temple.
Through a portal, surmounted by a finely decorated lintel, the old Sacristy can be reached.

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