Saturday, May 21, 2011

Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini





Via Vittoria Veneto, 27
 metro - linea A Barberini

Santa Maria della Concezione was built in the 17th century commissioned by Pope Urban VII.
Inside the church, in the first chapel is an altarpiece of St Michael the Archangel (1635) by Guido Reni and Christ Mocked by Gherardo delle Notti.
The second chapel has works by Domenichino of Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata.
Also in the church is a Nativity (c. 1632) by Giovanni Lanfranco, St Paul Restores Vision (c.1631) by Pietro da Cortona and Stigmatization of St Francis (c.1570) by Girolamo Muziano.
A Praying St Francis in the church is attributed to Caravaggio.
The church is famous for the Capuchin crypt built underneath displaying thousands of bones of Capuchin friars exhumed and transported here in 1631.
Some of the bones were fashioned into wall decorations, chandeliers, arches and even a clock face and the bodies of friars dressed in monks robes and positioned in the chapels.

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