Tuesday, July 10, 2012

San Silvestro in Capite

Piazza San Silvestro
metro - Linea A Spagna

One street behind the Corso is San Silvestro in Capite. The church is one of the most important examples of Late Baroque art and was built in 1591 to the designs of Francesco da Volterra on the site of a previous church dedicated to Pope Sylvester.
The church is named in Capite because of the claim that it holds the relic of the severed head of John the Baptist, it also holds the relics of Pope St Sylvester, Pope St Stephen I and Pope St Dionysius which were exhumed and re-enshrined beneath the high altar.
The church has a single nave with the dome and pendantives decorated by Cristoforo Roncalli and the nave vault frescoes of The Assumption by Giacinto Brandi from the 17th century.
Above the high altar is the Baptism of Constantine by Pope Sylvester by Ludovico Gimignani (c. 1688).The high altar canopy was added in 1667 by Carlo Rainaldi.
In the chapel of St Francis is the Stigmata of St Francis by Orazio Gentileschi (1610) and in the chapel of the Crucifixion is The Flagellation by Francesco Trevisani (1695).

The church is open daily from 7am until midday.

Giuseppe Ghezzi

Francesco Trevisani

Orazio Gentileschi
Artists in San Silvestro in Capite
Luigi Garzi
Giuseppe Ghezzi
Biaccio Ciarpi

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