Saturday, October 13, 2018

Santa Maria Maddalena

where: Via della Maddalena
open: Sunday to Friday 8:30-11:30 and 17:00-18:30, Saturday 9:00-11:30
getting there: from the Pantheon, onto Via del Pantheon to Via delle Colonelle

I was so excited to have a look inside the Baroque church of Santa Maria Maddalena near the Pantheon.

The church is exquisite – ornately decorated with pink marbles, gilding, frescoes and stucco work.
Dedicated to Mary Magdalene, the church was completed in the 18th century.
The nave ceiling frescoes, showing scenes of the life of Mary Magdalene, were by Michelangelo Cerruti (1732).
The beautiful altarpiece in the main altar of the sanctuary, by Michele Rocca, Mary Magdalene contemplating the Cross, dates from 1698. Above in the apse, is the fresco by Aureliano Milano from 1732, The Preaching of Christ. 
In the chapel of St Nicholas Bari on the left of the church, is the altarpiece, The Vision of Saint Nicholas by il Baciccio from 1694. 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 gold and white stucco decorated organ above the doorway when you first enter the church dates from the 18th century.
main altar
Michelangelo Cerruti

il Baciccio

Luca Giordano

Gerolamo Pesci

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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