Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Trinità dei Monti

metro - Linea A Spagna

At the top of the Spanish Steps is the church of Trinità dei Monti. It was founded in the 16th century on land purchased by the French King Charles VIII.
The facade was designed by Carlo Maderno. The two domed clock towers once told different times, one showing Italian time and one showing French time. The obelisk in front of the church was originally from Egypt and erected by Pope Pius VI.
In the church are Daniele da Volterra's frescoes of the Assumption of the Virgin and one of his most famous works The Descent from the Cross.
Also inside are frescoes by Giovanni Battista Naldini and Stories of the Old and New Testaments (1537)  by Perino del Vaga which were completed by Taddeo and Federico Zuccari in 1589.
In the sacristy anteroom is Taddeo Zuccari's fresco cycle of the Coronation of the Virgin, Annunciation and Visitation.
During the Napoleonic occupation of Rome many artwork and decorations from the church were removed and taken to France.
In 1816 the church was restored by Louis XVIII.

The church was under restoration when I visited it in 2013. A guard kindly took me through a hidden door from one of the chapels into the sacristy, where I could purchase a guide book about the church.

Daniele da Volterra
Descent from the Cross
Artists in Trinità dei Monti
Daniele da Volterra
Giovanni Battista Naldini
Cesare Nebbia
Perino del Vaga
Guilio Romano
Taddeo Zuccari
Federico Zuccari
Giuseppe Cesari
Domenico Corvi
Louis-Vincent Leon Palière
Paris Nogari
Pietro Negroni
Michele Grecchi

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