Friday, September 29, 2017

San Bernardino in Panisperna

where: corner of Via Panisperna and Via di Sant'Agata de Goti, Monti neighbourhood
getting there: bus 64 to Via Nazionale, then a short walk along Via Panisperna
hours: information not available

On Via Panisperna, with a view of Santa Maria Maggiore in the distance, is the Baroque church of San Bernardino in Panisperna.
Although the church looks quite plain and a little dull from the outside, it is worth a peak inside to see the cupola fresco by Bernardino Gagliardi showing the Glory of San Bernardino and other Franciscan Saints from the 17th century.
And if like me, you search all over Rome to find paintings by Giovanni Baglione, here you can see a painting titled Saints Francis, Clare and Agatha above the sacristy doorway — although there has been some debate as to which saints are actually in the picture.

Artists in San Bernardino in Panisperna
Clemente Maioli
Bernardino Gagliardi
Antonio Amorosi
Giovanni de Vecchi
Biagio Puccini

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