Corpus Domini, Ferrara

Local nameMonastero del Corpus Domini
LocationFerrara, Italy

The Corpus Domini Monastery is a monastery at 4 via Pergolato in Ferrara. It first was founded as a house of penitent women, and became a Poor Clares Observant Franciscan convent in 1431. It was the home of Caterina Vigri from 1431-1456. She served as the mistress of novices, teaching about 100 women to become pious nuns. She was also an artist who illuminated her own breviary and is said to have decorated the walls of the convent with images of the Christ Child. These were lost or destroyed in a fire in 1667. The public church was redecorated in the late-Baroque period. On its high altar is Communion of the Apostles by Giambettino Cignaroli, whilst the church's ceiling fresco Glory of Saint Catherina Vegri is by Giuseppe Ghedini.

The house is still a monastery; a community of Franciscan nuns, called Poor Clares after S. Clare their founder and companion to S. Francis.

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Coordinates 44°49'55.308" N 11°37'33.822" E

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