Artists

Sculptors

Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654) – unappreciated master of the Baroque art

Painters

Andrea Pozzo (1642–1709) – a master of painting illusion

Sculptors

Andrea Sansovino (approx. 1467–1529) – the one who was able to bring the dead back to life

Painters

Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) – a straightforward recluse in the world of Roman splendor

Painters

Antiveduto Grammatica (1571–1626) – an expert on heads with an extraordinary name

Painters

Antoniazzo Romano (1430? – 1512?) – an outstanding imitator of great masters

Sculptors

Antonio Canova (1757–1822) – praised by his contemporaries, disregarded by later generations

Sculptors

Antonio Raggi (1624–1686) – a second pair of hands for master Bernini

Architects

Armando Brasini (1879–1965) – creator of a bombastically draped architecture

Painters

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1653) – an unwomanly painter, humiliated and forgotten for centuries

Painters

Baciccio (1639–1709) – the creator of heaven and hell on Earth

Sculptors

Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511–1592) – the beginnings of an outstanding career of a great Italian Mannerist

Painters

Bronzino (1503–1572) – subtle, refined, and mysterious

Sculptors

Camillo Rusconi (1658–1728) – a little known genius of the turn of the centuries

Painters

Caravaggio (1571–1610) - a subtle interpreter of the Bible and a common criminal

Architects

Carlo Maderno (1556–1629) – a sought-after, hard-working and talented architect

Painters

Carlo Maratti (Maratta) (1625–1713) – an outstanding portraitist and a father of an equally outstanding daughter

Architects

Carlo Rainaldi (1611–1691) – an architect with a love for music

Painters

Carlo Saraceni (1579–1620) – an artist somewhere between verismo and idealism

Sculptors

Cosimo Fancelli (1618–1688), a great, but second-tier master of the Roman Baroque

Painters

Daniele da Volterra (1509–1566) – sentenced to many years of ridicule

Painters

Domenichino (1581–1641), the Roman rise and Neapolitan fall of little Dominic

Architects

Domenico Fontana (1543–1607) – an exceptional architect of an entrepreneurial pope

Sculptors

Domenico Guidi (1625–1701) – meaning Bernini in the French style

Architects

Donato Bramante (1444 –1514) – a famous wrecker, who changed the face of Rome

Sculptors

Ercole Ferrata (1610–1686) – an imitator of extraordinary talent

Architects

Francesco Borromini (1599–1667) – a distrustful melancholic and an extravagant architect

Sculptors

Francesco Cavallini (1640–1703) – a sculptor of garlands and swaying saints

Sculptors

Francesco Mochi (1580–1654) – ousted, forgotten, disconsolate

Architects

Giacomo della Porta (1533–1602), an author of Roman fountains and the most famous façade in the history of art

Sculptors

Giovanni (Gian) Lorenzo Bernini (1599–1680) – Impulsive, arrogant and ingenious favorite of the popes

Sculptors

Giovanni Battista Maini (1690–1752) – elegance of late Baroque

Painters

Giovanni Lanfranco (1582–1647) – painter of the Church triumphant

Sculptors

Giuliano Finelli (1602–1653) – a sculptor of lace, leaves and collars, but also more

Painters

Giuseppe Cesari (1568–1640) – in the past popular, today a forgotten favorite of the popes

Painters

Guercino (1591–1666) – short career of the Pope’s chosen one in Rome

Painters

Guido Reni (1575–1642) – a gambler with subtle manners

Sculptors

Jacopo Sansovino (1486–1570) – unappreciated in Rome, famous in Venice

Architects

Luigi Moretti (1907–1973) – a rationalist, Fascist and postmodern architect

Architects

Marcello Piacentini (1881–1960) – praised and criticized creator of Fascist Rome

Painters

Melozzo da Forlì (1438–1494) – the one who introduced the delicate touch of Renaissance to Rome

Sculptors

Michelangelo (1475–1564), a painter by force – divine, yet miserable

Architects

Onorio Longhi (1568–1619) – a vagabond architect

Painters

Orazio Gentileschi (1563–1639) – an intimate realist prone to rowdiness

Sculptors

Pietro Bracci (1700–1773) – a master of elegance and theatrical gestures

Painters

Pietro da Cortona (1596–1669) – a virtuoso of glories, triumphs and apotheoses of all kinds

Painters

Pinturicchio (1454–1513) – a creator of a simple, filled with grace storylines

Painters

Raphael (1483–1520) – the prematurely deceased genius of the Renaissance

Sculptors

Stefano Maderno (c. 1570–1636) – an artist famous for just one statue

Painters

Trophime Bigot (1597–1650) – a mysterious master of candlelight

The Mussolini Obelisk – a monument of national amnesia

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The Mussolini Obelisk – a monument of national amnesia

We cross to the other side of the Tiber river, where a snow-white obelisk with a noble form commemorates the leader and creator of the Fascist state – “the Iron Prefect”, and "the spiritual leader of Europe", as the then propaganda referred to him. Film chronicles provided information about each stage of the transport of the marble block from Carrara as it happened, showing the throngs of tired yet joyous Italians who took part in this memorable event. With the eyes of the whole nation upon it, a momentous act of glorification of Mussolini was taking place – "the provid...

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Daniele da Volterra (1509–1566) – sentenced to many years of ridicule

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Daniele da Volterra (1509–1566) – sentenced to many years of ridicule

This artist was remembered for work, which brought him neither fame nor acclaim. However, as a painter and a sculptor he left behind several outstanding works, which for two centuries attracted art enthusiasts from all over Europe. Today we see him only as an imitator of Michelangelo, but also as his violator. And although this opinion is slowly changing, we still cannot fully appreciate his works. Why? Simply because most of it was destroyed and irrecoverably lost.

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The Rospigliosi-Pallavicini Chapel – the posthumous chord of a great Roman dynasty

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The Rospigliosi-Pallavicini Chapel – the posthumous chord of a great Roman dynasty

Multi-colored marbles, gilded stuccos, and exquisite wall intarsias – this is the appearance of one of the chapels of the Church of San Francesco a Ripa. And although this church is mainly known for the masterpiece chiseled by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, we can be sure that the richness of the burial site of one of the greatest Roman families, the Rospigliosi-Pallavicini will also take away our breath. For centuries, the posthumous chapel was one of the principal methods of self-presenting a family in a public location – an integral part showing its significance and prestige. And this wa...

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