Thursday, November 21, 2013

San Marcello al Corso

Near the Galleria Doria Pamphilj on the Via del Corso is San Marcello al Corso.
It was designed in the 16th century but the late Baroque facade was not finished until nearly a century later. It was built on the site of a previous church from the 4th century and dedicated to Pope Marcellus I, the church's patron saint who died in 309 AD, built over what was thought to have been his prison.
The church has a single nave and five chapels on either side.
In 1519 a fire destroyed the earlier church, all that miraculously survived was a 15th century wooden cross which is now in the fourth chapel on the right.
In 1527, during the Sack of Rome decoration of the church was abandoned. In the fourth chapel are frescoes begun by Perino del Vaga, left unfinished the frescoes were later completed by Daniele da Volterra.
The apse frescoes of the Crucifixion and Passion Of Jesus are by Giovanni Battista Ricci and in the first chapel on the right is the Annunciation by Lazzaro Baldi.
The fourth chapel on the left has frescoes by Taddeo Zuccari. He decorated the vault and walls. The altarpiece, the Conversion of St Paul dating from 1566 was by his brother, Federico Zuccari.

Artists in San Marcello al Corso
Perino del Vega
Giovanni Battista Ricci
Lazzaro Baldi
Pier Paolo Naldini
Domenico Corvi
Agostino Masucci
Aureliano Milani
Pier Leone Ghezzi
Bernardino Gagliardi
Silverio Capparoni
Pietro Andrea Barbieri

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The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
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The Popes by John Julius Norwich
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