Monday, October 5, 2015

Santa Maria Maddalena

Via della Maddalena

I was so excited to have a look inside the ornate Baroque church of Santa Maria Maddalena near the Pantheon.
The church was dedicated to Mary Magdalene and completed in 1699. The Rococo facade was finished in 1735.
The inside is decorated with marble, gilt stucco and stunning frescoes. The nave ceiling frescoes are by Michelangelo Cerruti.
The golden and white stucco decorated organ above the doorway when you first enter the church dates from the 18th century.
In the sanctuary the sculptures at either side of the main altar depicting Mary Magdalene in the Garden and at Christ's Tomb are by Pietro Bracci, the altarpiece is by Michele Rocca and above is the beautiful fresco by Aureliano Milano from 1732 showing The Preaching of Christ.
In the chapel of St Nicholas Bari on the left side of the transept, is the altarpiece by il Baciccio from 1694 of The Vision of Saint Nicholas. The side walls were decorated by Bonaventura Lamberti and date from the same time.
In the chapel dedicated to Saint Lawrence Giustiniani is the altarpiece by Luca Giordano of Saint Lawrence Worshipping the Child from 1704.

The church is open Monday to Friday from 7am until midday and from 5pm until 8pm and on weekends from 9:30am.
The church is closed for site-seeing during mass.

il Baciccio

Luca Giordano
Artists in Santa Maria Maddalena
il Baciccio
Luca Giordano
Michele Rocca
Sebastiano Conca 
Placido Costanzi
Pietro Gagliardi
Bonaventura Lamberti
Aureliano Milano 

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