Monday, June 9, 2014


The Communion of St Jerome
St Peter's
Domenichino 1581 - 1641
Domenico Zampieri was born in Bologna and first began his studying under Denis Calvaert. After arguing with Calvaert he left to join Annibale and Agostino Carracci working in their Accademia degli Incammunati studio alongside Guido Reni, Francesco Albani and Giovanni Lanfranco. The Carracci brothers gave him the nickname Domenichino which meant little Domenico because of his short stature.
Domenichino was one of the most talented apprentices from the Carracci studio and his first commission, the Lady and the Unicorn was under the guidance of Annibale for the palazzo Farnese. When Annibale died in 1609 Domenichino, along with Guido Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco and Francesco Albani became the leading painters in Rome and they competed fiercely against each other trying to gain commissions.
Domenichino was commissioned to paint many altarpieces in Rome's churches including the Polet chapel in San Luigi dei Francesi, the pendentives in San Carlo ai Catinari and Sant'Andrea della Valle and became architect for pope Gregory XV.
In 1631 he moved to Naples where he died in 1641 rumored to have been poisoned by a rival.

Domenichino Art in Rome
Palazzo Farnese
Lady with the Unicorn
Death of Adonis
Galleria Doria-Pamphilj
Landscape with Ford
Galleria Borghese
Cumaean Sybil
Hunt of Diana and the Nymphs
Galleria della Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Madonna and Child with Sts John the Baptist and Petronius
Pinacoteca Capitolina
Cumaean Sybil
Communion of St Jerome
San Luigi dei Francesi (Polet Chapel)
Scenes of the life of St Cecilia
Giving Alms to the Poor
Before the Judge
Sant'Andrea della Valle
The Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Assumption of the Virgin (Ceiling)
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria della Concezione 
Trinità dei Monti
Saint Peter's Basilica
San Carlo ai Catinari

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The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
This book tells the story of one of the sons of Lucrezia Borgia who became a cardinal during the 16th century.

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

The Popes by John Julius Norwich
A detailed but easy and enjoyable book to read about the history of the papacy and the popes.

The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.

other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki