Tuesday, November 19, 2013

San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane

where: Via del Quirinale, 23
getting there: nearest metro stop Linea A/Repubblica
hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-13:00, Sunday 12:00-13:00 (during mass at 11:00 sightseeing is not recommended)

At the intersections of Via della Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale are the late Renaissance fountains of the four rivers, and next to the fountain depicting the river Tiber is the Baroque church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

The church was designed by Borromini in 1634 and funded by Cardinal Francesco Barberini who lived in the nearby Palazzo Barberini.

The church is mainly visited by those interested in architecture as this was Francesco Borromini's first independent commission in Rome.

The main altarpiece is by the 17th century French painter Pierre Mignard and depicts Saint Charles Borromeo, the church's namesake. 
Two notable paintings, Saint Ursula and the Holy Family with Saints Agnes and Catherine of Alexandria near the sacristy are by Giovanni Domenico Cerrini.

On the right of the main altar is the Ecstasy of St Michael, work of female artist Amalia de Angelis, dating from 1849. 

Artists in San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Pierre Mignard
Amalia de Angelis
Giuseppe Milanese
Orazio Borgianni
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli
Prospero Mallerini

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