Sunday, May 22, 2011


Piazza S. Onofrio

Across the Tiber and up the steep staircase of Salita di S Onofrio in Trastevere, sits the church of Sant'Onofrio on the Gianicolo Hill.
The church was completed in the 16th century and built on the site of a hermitage dedicated to the 4th century Saint Onopheius of Egypt.
Climbing the steps of the church you will see on the right the Renaissance portico, here are three lunette frescoes by Domenichino dating from 1605. At the end of the portico is the Baroque chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary decorated with a fresco of the Sybils by Agostino Tassi.
In the cloister are lunette frescoes commissioned for the Jubilee year of 1600. Three are by Giuseppe Cesari, the others by artists from his studio.
Inside the church is the beautiful main altar by Baldasarre Peruzzi. Some of the other artworks inside the church are the Trinity fresco by Francesco Trevisano and Annibale Carracci's altarpiece, the Madonna of Loreto.
The church is open from 7:30am until 1:30pm and is closed during August.

Agostino Tassi
Giuseppe Cesari

Artists in Sant'Onofrio
Baldassare Peruzzi
Antoniazzo Romano
Giovanni Battista Ricci
Girolamo Pesci
Sebastiano Strada
Claudio Ridolfi

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The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
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The Popes by John Julius Norwich
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The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
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The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
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