Monday, March 17, 2014

Santa Maria in Campitelli

Piazza di Campitelli

Santa Maria in Campitelli is a Baroque church designed by Carlo Rainaldi on Piazza di Campitelli and situated near the Theatre of Marcellus.
The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is also known as Santa Maria in Portico for the 11th century icon of the Virgin Mary which is inside.
Pope Alexander VII commissioned the building of the church which was completed in 1667 after the icon supposedly saved Rome from the plague.
Inside the church is the shrine of Our Lady designed in 1667 by Melchiorre Cafà and the main altar designed by Carlo Rainaldi.
In the Altieri chapel is il Baciccio's painting of the Nativity of St John the Baptist.
In the second chapel on the right is Luca Giordano's Saints Anne, Joseph and Mary.
The first chapel on the left is the Holy Family by Lorenzo Ottoni and the Conversion of Saint Paul by Ludovico Gimignani is in the third chapel.

Sebastiano Conca
Luca Giordano
il Baciccio

Artists in Santa Maria in Campitelli
il Baciccio
Luca Giordano
Lorenzo Ottoni
Ludovico Gimignani
Sebastiano Conca
Giacinto Calandrucci
Carlo Maratta
Guido Reni

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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
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
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

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.

other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki