Friday, September 28, 2018

San Marcello al Corso

where: Piazza San Marcello al Corso
getting there: short walk from the Galleria Doria Pamphilj on the Via del Corso
open: weekdays 7.00 until midnight, Saturday 9.30 to midnight, Sunday 9.00 to midnight, July/August 8:30 to midnight

In 1519 a fire completely destroyed the medieval church of San Marcello, all that miraculously  survived the blaze was a wooden crucifix.
Pope Leo X commissioned Jacopo Sansovini to quickly rebuild the church which was dedicated to Pope Marcellus I, the church's patron saint, and a chapel was purposely built to hold the 15th century crucifix that was saved.
The leading artists in Rome at this time were hired to decorate the church.
The facade was completed in 1683 by Carlo Fontana.

In the first chapel on the right is the Annunciation by Lazzaro Baldi.
The fourth chapel on the left was decorated by Taddeo Zuccari and holds the crucifix that survived the fire.

Right 1st chapel
Lazzaro Baldi
Bernini school
Main altar
left 1st chapel
Agostino Masucci

right 3rd chapel
Perino del Vega
Chapel of the Crucifix
right 4th chapel

left 4th chapel
Taddeo Zuccari
Artists in San Marcello al Corso
Perino del Vega
Giovanni Battista Ricci
Lazzaro Baldi
Pier Paolo Naldini
Domenico Corvi
Agostino Masucci
Aureliano Milani
Pier Leone Ghezzi
Bernardino Gagliardi
Silverio Capparoni
Pietro Andrea Barbieri

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