Today I am happy to share some amazing art with you. The ceiling at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius (Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola a Campo Marzio) was painted by Andrea Pozzo. The amazing fresco that stretches across the nave ceiling set the standard for such types of work in the Late Baroque style. Pozzo began work on his masterpiece in 1685 and completed it in 1694. I did my best here to be able to capture the essence of this spectacular work of art but needless to say there is no substitute for being there in person, tilting your head up and reveling in the rich details of all the different stories that are being told.
What’s even more astonishing is the fact that this was painted on a ceiling that is 17 m wide and features a trompe d’oeil which I’m sure are hard enough to do on a wall, let alone on a curved ceiling. The dome at the top of the photo is not a dome at all and the pillars at the other end are equally deceiving, I just love this painting! There are marble discs on the floor so that visitors know exactly where to stand so as to get the full effect of the deceptive illusions.
You could walk right past the facade of this historic church and not think twice as it is rather humble in appearance compared to the lavish interior but please don’t, as you’d be missing out on something very special. It’s unfortunate that we cant get a closer look at the painting in person so I’ll share some closer up details with you here…
I’ll show you the interior of Sant’Ignazio in a future blog post.
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