Sunday, April 13, 2014

Santa Maria dell'Orto

where: Via Anicia, 10 Trastevere
open: 9:30-12:30 & 15:30-18:30
getting there: from Termini bus 40 or 64 to Largo di Torre Argentina/tram 8 to Piazza Mastai, then left onto Via di San Francesco e Ripa (past San Francesco e Ripa), left onto Via Anicia

Santa Maria dell'Orto or Saint Mary of the Garden, is a 16th century Baroque church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the rione of Trastevere.

The inside is ornate with gilding, lavish stucco decorations, and frescoes by Giuseppe Orazi, Andrea Procaccini and Giovanni Battista Parodi.
In the nave is a wonderful ceiling fresco of the Assumption by Giacinto Calandrucci. This was completed in 1707 just before he died. 
The transept chapels and apse were decorated by brothers Federico and Taddeo Zuccari.
In the third chapel on the right is Giovanni Baglione's canvas of the Madonna, Child and Saints which dates from 1630.

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

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The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
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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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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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Churches of Rome wiki