The Transept Vaults
Even though church construction was completed by 1919, Nincheri was only able to start its interior decoration in 1928. As usual, it was a question of money. Vangelisti wrote that they still didn’t have any money by then, but that they decided to go ahead with some the decoration because the new priest wanted to boost morale (maybe because they were no longer allowed to teach the Italian language at their school). The areas they first decided to decorate were the apse above the sanctuary and the four vaulted ceilings above each arm of the church.
Built from 1918 to 1919, Montreal’s Italian church, Madonna della Difesa, was Guido Nincheri’s project from beginning to end: he designed its architecture, painted its frescoes and other murals, made the stained-glass windows, painted some of the paintings that adorn its walls, and designed most of the sculptures.