Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

where: Via del Caravita, 8
open: daily 7:00-19:00, Sundays and holidays 9:00-19:00
information: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday (excluding August) free guided tours are                                     available from 3pm until 6pm

If you want to see the Baroque in all its mind-blowing splendor then visit Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.  
The church, off the Via del Corso in the Piazza di Sant'Ignazio, is dedicated to Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus.
The church was designed by Jesuit, Orazio Grassi and commissioned by Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi, nephew to Pope Gregory XV. On the cardinal's death a huge sum of money was willed to see to the completion of the church which was opened in Holy Year 1650.

From 1691 until 1694 Jesuit Brother Andrea Pozzo created the awe-inspiring ceiling with scenes of Jesus and Saint Ignatius, decorated the pendentives with Judith, David, Samson and Joel, created the trompe l'oeil fake canvas dome, and frescoed the high altar with episodes of the Life of St Ignatius.

In the second chapel on the right is the altarpiece by Francesco Trevisani of the Death of Saint Joseph.
With other decorations by Luigi Garzi, Stefano Pozzi and Giuseppe Chiari.  

Francesco Trevisani
Le Gross
Artists in Sant'Ignazio di Loyola
Andrea Pozzo
Francesco Trevisani
Stefano Pozzi
Giuseppe Chiari
Luigi Garzi
Luigi Mazzanti
Stanislaus Kostka
Pierre De Lattre

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