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

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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