Saturday, October 6, 2018

Santi Luca e Martina

where: Via dell'Arco di Settimio/opposite San Giuseppe dei Falegnami & the Mamertine Prison
getting there: from the Campidoglio, down the stairs leading to the Forum and the Arch of Septimius Severus
open: Saturdays 8:00-20:00

The Baroque church of Santi Luca e Martina was built in the 17th century by Pietro da Cortona.
Cortona was president of the Accademia di San Luca – the academy of artists, sculptors and architects of Rome. The church was dedicated to Saint Luke, their patron saint.
The new building, on the site of a previous church dedicated to martyred saint Martina, was partly funded by Cardinal Francesco Barberini, nephew to Pope Urban VIII.
The church was then decorated by the leading artists in Rome who belonged to the Accademia.
The main altarpiece, by Antiveduto Grammatica, is a copy of Saint Luke Painting the Madonna by Raphael. 
In the left transept is the Assumption and Saint Sebastian by Sebastiano Conca.
In the right transept is the Martyrdom of Saint Lazarus by Lazzaro Baldi.
In the sacristy is the relief of the Ecstasy of Saint Mary Magdalene by sculptor Alessandro Algardi.
The dome decoration inside the church is attributed to Pietro da Cortona's pupil Ciro Ferri.

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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
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.

other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki