Friday, October 26, 2018

San Lorenzo in Lucina

where: Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, 16
open: daily 8:00-20:00
information: 2018 the interior of the church is being restored 

San Lorenzo in Lucina is a minor basilica just off Via del Corso, dedicated to Saint Lawrence, martyr and patron saint of comedians and chefs.
There has been a church on this spot from as far back as the 4th century.
The facade dates from the 12th century and the interior has been redesigned and remodeled many, many  times.
Inside are some beautiful altarpieces that are still in situ.

At the high altar is The Crucifixion by Guido Reni this dates from 1640. Underneath is the relic of the gridiron that roasted San Lorenzo.

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Annunciation is the fourth chapel on the right, designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini it includes the bust of Gabriel Forseca, the chapel's patron. The painting of the Annunciation (1664) by Ludovico Gimignani, is a copy of an original altarpiece in Sant'Andrea al Quirinale by Guido Reni.

Guido Reni
Ludovico Gimignani

Simon Vouet
Sigismondo Rosa

Carlo Saraceni

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