From 1967 to 1973, the Basilica was enriched with numerous majolica sculptures by the artist Angelo Biancini. They cover the interior walls of the west front and the transepts. You can see the largest panels at the west end covering about 100 square meters. In lovely colors they tell the life of Our Lady and St. Joseph, as well as other biblical or historical episodes.
Angelo Biancini was born in Castelbolognese near Faenza and died at the beginning of 1988. He was a well- known sculptor for his works in stone, bronze and majolica, that in many years of work he has left almost everywhere in Italy and Abroad. He was one of the most Prominent Masters of Ceramics in Faenza, where he taught for many years at the State Institute of Art for Ceramics, profound expert of the wonderful secrets of this art that the world envies us.
Among his most renowned works are the sculptures for the new Basilica of Nazareth in the Holy Land, the canopy for the Canadian martyr church in Rome, works in the museum of contemporary art in the Vatican, the monument to Don Minzoni in Argenta (Ferrara), that of the Resistance to Alfonsine (Ravenna) and that erected Aquino (Frosinone) on the occasion of the 7th centenary of the death of the great Saint and Dr. Thomas (1274-1974).