Saturday, November 24, 2018

Santi Domenico e Sisto

where: Largo Angelicum, 1
getting there: number 64 bus to Via Nazionale, short walk from Largo Magnanapoli
open: Monday to Saturday 7:00-12:30 & 14:00-19:00, Sunday 8:00-12:30 & 16:00-19:00
           closed August

The beautiful Baroque church of Santi Domenico e Sisto was dedicated to Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominicans and sits not far from Via Nazionale.
The decorations on the marble facade were completed in the mid 17th century and include statues of the church's namesakes – Saints Dominic and Sixtus II (who was the 3rd century pope of Rome), the Madonna, Saint Peter of Verona, Saint Thomas of Aquinas, the Dominican coat of arms (a dog with a torch), and swags, roses and banners.
The inside of the church is richly decorated with stucco and marble.
The main altar was designed by Bernini. He also planned the first chapel on the right which was decorated by Antonio Raggi in 1649 with the sculpture of  Christ with Mary Magdalene called Noli me Tangere.
The ceiling fresco, the Apotheosis of Saint Dominic was by Domenico Maria Canuti and dates to 1674. It was surrounded with a trompe l'oeil frame by Enrico Haffner. This was created around the same time that il Baciccio was working on the ceiling fresco in il Gesù.

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