Saints, prophets and gods

Saints, prophets and gods

Bernini’s Habakkuk and the Angel, meaning the story of a mysterious journey into the lion’s den

Saints, prophets and gods

Hercules – a fearless but rather dull protector of Rome

Saints, prophets and gods

Raphael’s Isaiah – how one great artist imitated another

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Agnes (Sant’Agnese) – a favorite of the Romans – an unbroken virgin

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Balbina (Santa Balbina) – patroness of the stuttering and… not only

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Bibiana (Santa Bibiana) – uncompromising Roman girl, whipped to death

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Cecilia (Santa Cecilia) – twice miraculously found and equally miraculously kept in everlasting youth

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Petronilla (Santa Petronilla) – a virgin and a betrothed of Christ

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Prisca (Santa Prisca) – three saints for the price of one

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Sabina (Santa Sabina) – an enigmatic saint from the Aventine

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Andrew (Sant’Andrea) – holy apostle with a centuries-old visit in the Eternal City

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Hippolytus (Sant’Ippolito) – neophyte and a patron of prison guards

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Sabbas the Sanctified (San Saba) – an uncompromising Palestinian proponent of Rome

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Stephen (Santo Stefano) – a companion in the cult of St. Lawrence

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo) – a favorite of the Romans; intercessor of those suffering in the fires of hell

Rospigliosi – a shadow of its former glory

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Rospigliosi – a shadow of its former glory

This family remained unknown in Rome until the times of Clement IX. This pope famous for his love of poetry and music, similarly to his predecessors on St. Peter’s throne, brought to Rome a number of his closest relatives, entrusting them with strategic political, military and clerical posts in the State of the Church. And although he exhibited a certain restraint in nepotism, which was mainly an effect of the short duration of his pontificate, the Rospigliosi family owes its position in the city on the Tiber to him.

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Bronzino’s Madonna with Child, St. John the Baptist and St. Anne – meaning a song of love sentenced to suffering

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Bronzino’s Madonna with Child, St. John the Baptist and St. Anne – meaning a song of love sentenced to suffering

Looking on at this painting, we can have no doubts: the scene depicting the Madonna with Child, one of the most well-known and popular iconographic motifs of Christian art is filled with a certain mystery, something that destroys the canon of this representation. We feel that there is "something besides that which is known", but what is it?

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Fontane di Piazza San Pietro – water fireworks at St. Peter’s Square

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Fontane di Piazza San Pietro – water fireworks at St. Peter’s Square

Standing upon St. Peter's Square and looking around at the wonders of the architecture surrounding it, only after a while will we notice two fountains, located on either side of the Vaticano Obelisk. Their beauty is by no means exceptional, however, the sound of the water and its drops splashing around, create a glowing wall of multi-colored fog, supplementing the ideal harmony of this place – an urban masterpiece.

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