The parish of Condino
Born as a rural religious institution of late ancient origin, the Pieve settled at the time of the barbarian invasions and inherited the role of administrative, economic and political guide of the Alpine communities. After the year 1000 it was still included in the nascent congregational institutions, a situation for which the term thus referred to both the territory of that particular ecclesiastical district and the sacred building.
The parish church of S. Maria Assunta in Condino has an old Romanesque structure and in fact appears in historical documents from 1189. However, between 1495 and 1505 it was completely rebuilt in Late Gothic Renaissance style by order of Condino’s General Rule. on a project and under the direction of master mason Albertino Comanedi from Osteno (Como) and subsequently decorated by some thirty artists, mostly from Lombardy.
Built in a single nave divided into four bays, the parish church of Condino now has a magnificent main portal, built in the three-year period 1534-1536 in Renaissance style in local white stone by the sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo Sormani from Osteno (Como) and, along the interior walls , a series of murals created between 1504 and 1507 by “German and Brescian painters” (cit. Papaleoni), depicting figures of saints and Madonnas of exquisite craftsmanship, a scene with Saint George and the Dragon and an example of “Hortus Conclusus” , a special and rare symbolic representation of the Annunciation, more widespread on German soil. The final judgment is on the sacred arch instead.
Among the eight remarkable polychrome wooden altars placed on the side walls from the first half of the 16th century, the altar known as “della Scola”, made by the great master carver Stefano Lamberti in collaboration with painters such as the Piazza di Lodi and de Romanino, and that of S. Antonio Abate.
Also worth noting is the Ancona of the High Altar on the presbytery, sculpted and assembled between 1538 and 1545 by the famous Brescia sculptors Maffeo and Andrea Olivieri.
Since 1972, the Pieve di Condino has been listed as a monument of national importance. Its care was entrusted first to the Superintendency of Verona and then to the Autonomous Province of Trento.