Wednesday, January 29, 2014

San Pietro in Montorio

Piazza di San Pietro in Montorio

Not far from the Fontana dell'Aqua Paola, on the Gianicolo Hill above Trastevere, is San Pietro in Montorio.
A church was first constructed here in the 9th century on what was thought during medieval times to have been where Saint Peter was crucified upside down.
In 1500 a new church, built with funds from Queen Isabella and King Ferdinando of Spain, replaced the one from the 9th century. It was consecrated by the Spanish Borgia pope, Alexander VI.
Inside the church, in the first chapel on the right is the Flagellation of Christ by Sebastiano del Piombo, completed in 1524.
In the second chapel of the right is the Madonna of the Letter by Niccolò Circignani.
Giorgio Vasari's ceiling fresco is in the fourth chapel on the right hand side. Beatrice Cenci is believed to be buried in this chapel or underneath the main altar.
The second chapel on the left was designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1640.
The last chapel on the left is the Baptism of Christ attributed to Daniele da Volterra.

In the cloister is Bramante's Tempietto built between 1502 and 1509.
The church is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am until 12 and from 3pm until 4pm. The temple is open around the same time as the church.

Sebastiano del Piombo

Artists in San Pietro in Montorio
Sebastiano del Piombo
Dirk Van Baburen
Antoniazzo Romano
Giovanni de Vecchio
Niccolò Circignani
Giulio Mazzoni
Baldassare Peruzzi
Michelangelo Cerruti
Giorgio Vasari

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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
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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
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The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
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Rome by Robert Hughes
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The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
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