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

Daniele da Volterra’s The Descent from the Cross – a faded shadow of a great work, meaning the aftermath of vandalism

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Daniele da Volterra’s The Descent from the Cross – a faded shadow of a great work, meaning the aftermath of vandalism

This fresco had to be seen by every eighteenth-century artist or art enthusiast. It was considered a masterpiece after the famous French painter Nicolas Poussin named it as one of the three most important paintings in Rome – next to Domenichino’s The Last Communion of Saint Jerome and Raphael’s The Transfiguration. Its creator, Daniele da Volterra was respected and praised throughout Europe and he was not as would later be the case associated only with dressing the figures of Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement in loincloths and fancy breeches. As it would turn out, the a...

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Palazzo di Firenze – the unloved residence of the de’ Medici family

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Palazzo di Firenze – the unloved residence of the de’ Medici family

Today the palace is the home of the famous Società Dante Alighieri Institute, whose main aim is to promote the Italian language and culture. In previous centuries it was the residence of two prominent families, which wanted to mark their presence in the Eternal City in a special way. What was impossible to accomplish for one of them, the other attained without any great problems.

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Mausoleum on Janiculum Hill (Mausoleo Ossario Garibaldino) – the struggle for national heritage

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Mausoleum on Janiculum Hill (Mausoleo Ossario Garibaldino) – the struggle for national heritage

On Janiculum (Ganicolo) Hill, not far from the monumental dell’ Acqua Paola fountain (via Garibaldi), there is a structure made of travertine. And although its raw, compact forms betray the fact that it was built in Fascist times, it is dedicated to the memory of heroes who fought for freedom many decades earlier. Some of them became famous for defending the short-lived Roman Republic in 1849 against the Franco-Spanish regiments faithful to the pope, others died in 1870 in the struggle against papal forces defending the State of the Church.

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