Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Santa Maria di Loreto

Piazza della Madonna di Loreto
metro - Linea B Colosseo
Bus # 40 or #64

Not far from the monument of Vittorio Emanuele II is the church of Santa Maria di Loreto.
It was designed by Antonio da Sangallo. Construction started in 1507 and the church was completed in the late 16th century by Jacopo del Duca.
The sculpture by the front entrance of The Virgin and Child and the Blessed House of Loreto is by Andrea Sansovino, the four angels by the altar are carved by Stefano Maderno, the statue of St Cecelia is by Giuliano Finelli and the sculpture of St Suzanna (1629 - 1633) is by the Baroque artist Francois Duquesnoy.
The dome frescoes are by Cesare Mariani and the 15th century altarpiece Madonna with St Sebastian and St Roch is by Antoniazzo Romano.
The side walls decorated with the Scenes of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1630) are by Cavaliere d'Arpino.
Mosaics in the first chapel on the right are by Paolo Rossetti (1594) and the second chapel decorations are by Niccolò Circignani.

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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
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The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
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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
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