Friday, September 2, 2011


The Most Holy Trinity
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Guercino 1591 - 1666
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri was a Baroque painter and self taught artist. He was born in Cento in the region of Emilia. His nickname was Guercino which roughly translates to squinter in Italian, some say because he was cross-eyed. 
He became one of the major artists of his time, one of his patrons was Pope Gregory XV and because of his fast working style he left behind a large collection of artwork.
He painted and taught up until his death in 1666.

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Guercino Art in Rome
Galleria Borghese
Return of the Prodigal Son
Pinacoteca Capitoline
St Petronilla Altarpiece
St Matthew and the Angel
Holy Family
Persian Sybil
Galleria Nazionale d'Art Antica
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Erminia Finds the Wounded Tancred
Et in Arcadia Ego
St John the Baptist in the Desert
Pinacoteca Vatican
Galleria Spada
Cardinal Bernardino Spada
Death of Dido
Galleria Colonna
Martyrdom of St Amerenziana
Guardian Angel
San Pietro in Vincoli
St Marguerite
San Pietro in Vincoli
St Augustine
St Marguerite
Saint Peter's Basilica
St Augustine Washing the Feet of the Redeemer
St Augustine, St John the Baptist and St Paul the Hermit
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Holy Trinity
Chiesa Nuova
St Philip and the Angel
San Crisogono
San Chrysogonus in Glory
Villa Ludovisi
Aurora with Agostino Tassi
Palazzo Costaguti
frescoes with Agostino Tassi
Palazzo Lancellotti
frescoes with Agostino Tassi

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The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
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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
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

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
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.

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