Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

where: Via del Quirinale
getting there: metro - linea A/Barberini
open: 8:30-12:00 & 14:3-18:00, closed Mondays

Sant'Andrea al Quirinale is a 17th century Baroque church built for the Jesuits and dedicated to Saint Andrew the Apostle.
With Pope Alexander VII's blessing, Cardinal Camillo Pamphilj commissioned Gianlorenzo Bernini to design the church which was finished in 1678.

The facade of the church is limestone and has the Pamphilj family coat of arms showing the dove, and Saint Andrew's symbol, the scallop shell.

The oval interior of the church is decorated with red and white, and green and white marble walls, bronze gilding and white stucco work.

The main altar, again designed by Bernini, has stunning stucco work and bronze gilding by Antonio Raggi. The altarpiece painting of the Martyrdom of St Andrew is from 1668 by Guillaume Courtois, a French painter the Italians nicknamed il Borgognone.

There are three canvases in the chapel of Saint Francis Xavier dating from 1705 by il Baciccio depicting the Baptism, Preaching and Death of St Francis Xavier. The vault fresco was painted by Filippo Bracci.

The chapel of the Passion has three canvases by Giacinto Brandi from 1682 with scenes of the Passion of Jesus, again the ceiling fresco is by Filippo Bracci.

The chapel of Saint Stanislaus Kostka has an altarpiece by Carlo Maratta, the painting, the Madonna and Child with St Stanislaus Kostka, dates from 1687. Giovanni Odazzi  painted the ceiling fresco.

In the chapel of Saint Ignatius Loyola the altarpiece depicting Saints Ignatius, Francis Borgia and Aloysis Gonzaga Venerating the Madonna and Child is by Ludovico Mazzanti, he also painted the side walls in the chapel of Saint Stanislaus Kostka.
The ceiling fresco, the Glory of the Angels, is by Giuseppe Chiari.

The door leading to the Sacristy is on the right of the high altar and worth a visit to see Andrea Pozzo's altarpiece the Immaculate Conception. He was the Jesuit artist whose breathtaking ceiling can be seen in Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.



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