Sunday, April 13, 2014

Santa Maria dell'Orto

#40 or #64 bus to Largo di Torre Argentina
tram #8 to Piazza Mastai

Santa Maria dell'Orto (Saint Mary of the Garden) is a 16th century Baroque church dedicated to the Virgin.
Inside are lavish stucco decorations and frescoes by Giuseppe Orazi, Giacinto Calandrucci, Andrea Procaccini and Giovanni Battista Parodi.
The interior of the church is planned as a Latin cross and in the nave above is the beautiful ceiling fresco of the Assumption by Giacinto Calandrucci completed in 1707, the year of his death.
The transept chapels and apse were decorated by brothers Federico and Taddeo Zuccari.
The church has three chapels either side of the nave, the first chapel on the right was decorated by Taddeo Zuccari in 1560 and depicts the Annunciation.
The third chapel on the right holds Giovanni Baglione's Madonna, Child and Saints from 1630.
In the left aisle in the second chapel is the Baptism of Christ by Corrado Giaquinto from 1750.
The church has been restored only recently and is now open from early morning, closing at lunch time and reopening mid afternoon.

Artists in Santa Maria dell'Orto
Giuseppe Orazi
Giacinto Calandrucci
Andrea Procaccini
Giovanni Battista Parodi
Corrado Giaquinto

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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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The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
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