Saturday, October 6, 2018

San Giuseppe dei Falegnami

where: Via del Tulliano/opposite Santi Luca e Martina
getting there: from the Campidoglio, down the stairs leading to the Forum and the Arch of Septimius Severus
open: closed (in August 2018 the church roof collapsed)

San Giuseppe dei Falegnami is a 16th century church above the ancient Mamertine Prison (the prison supposedly held the apostles, Peter and Paul before their execution).
The church was dedicated to Saint Joseph, stepfather of Jesus and was funded by the Confraternity of the Carpenters.
1663 the church was redesigned in opulent Baroque style and in 1886 it underwent another restoration. 

On the 30th of August 2018 the church suffered a major blow when the roof collapsed. Much damage was done and until the roof is stabilised and the damage is repaired both inside and out, the church will have to remain closed, probably for many years to come.

In the altar on the left side was a Nativity by Carlo Maratta, dating to 1661.
In the altar on the right side was a  Holy Family with Saint Anne by Giuseppe Ghezzi dating from 1695.

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The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
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The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

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
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
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Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.

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Churches of Rome wiki