Friday, June 13, 2014

Santissime Stimmate di San Francesco

Via dei Cestari
On the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and opposite the Largo di Torre Argentina

The Baroque church of the Holy Stigmata of Saint Francis was built on the site of a previous medieval church. The new building was completed in 1714 designed by Giovanni Contini and Antonio Canevari. Above the portico on the facade is a statue by Antonio Raggi of the church's patron Saint Francis receiving the Stigmata.
The church has a single nave with three chapels on either side. The fresco on the barrel-vault ceiling depicts the Glory of St Francis and is by Luigi Garzi.
The main altarpiece of Saint Francis with Stigmata dates from 1719 and is by Francesco Trevisani.
On the right hand wall of the first chapel on the right, dedicated to the Passion of Christ, is the Flagellation by Marco Benefial and on the left wall is a painting by Domenico Maria Muratori of the Crowning with Thorns. The cupola was frescoed by Giovanni Odazzi depicting the Triumph of the Cross.
The second chapel on the right, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, holds a copy of Giudo Reni's Saint Michael from the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini and is thought to be by Marco Capriozzi who also painted the altarpiece in the next chapel.
The third chapel on the left is the Chapel of Saint Anthony of Padua and also holds another altarpiece by Francesco Trevisani depicting Saint Francis having a vision of the Christ-Child.
In the Chapel of the Forty Martyrs, the first chapel on the left, is an altarpiece by Giacinto Brandi.

It is not advisable to wander the church while mass is being performed so check for mass times before entering the church.

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