The tomb of one of the richest men in Rome: Agostino Chigi

st maria del popolo arts in romeGetting into the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, set in the north area of the famous Piazza del Popolo, means take a glance to a large history of the roman art. In fact you will find Caravaggio, Carracci, Raphael, tombs dating from the XVI to the XVII century and decorated chapels which represent the new mania of the “grottesco” (that was the result of the discovery of the Domus Aurea). But there is a place where you will find the reasons why Rome could be consider as one of the best cities in the world: the Chigi’s Chapel, with the tomb of Agostino Chigi, the main member of the family.

The Chigi family arrived in Rome from Siena at the beginning of the XVI century, when the city started to become a modern place plenty of beautiful squares and churches, with large and long streets. A place in which each single italian artist would stay, in order to work at the rebirth of Rome. Popes like Giulio the Second or Leo X tried to change the face and the profile of the city, transforming it from a Middle Ages place to a modern one. This is the reason why many constructions sites were born in that period. But in order to built and rebuilt buildings and other, the Popes needed money. And…Who did the money own in that period? Of course, the banks! And Agostino Chigi was probably the richest banker and men in Italy. It was able to borrow money and money to the Pontiffes. In a certain way, if Rome managed to obtain new basilicas we should thank Agostino Chigi.

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Chigi Chapel

We have to consider that Agostino was a man of the Renaissance, who know a lot abut Ancient and Classical art. Moreover, he adored surround himself and his possessions (as Villa della Farnesina or Palazzo Chigi) with artistic masterpieces. He was able to called artists like Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Baldassare Peruzzi, Giulio Romano in order to embellished his homes. So, it was a powerful and rich man, and when he died his family wanted to celebrate him in a fantastic way. This is the reason why he bought a chapel in one of the most important basilica in Rome, asking to Raphael to project it. And then, after some years, a real genius took care about the Agostino’s tomb: Bernini. When you will stay in front of this pyramidal tomb, with the gilded inscriptions which celebrate a banker, a nobleman, a creator, you should think about how it was foundamental for Rome and its beauty. When Bernini accepted the work he knew why the Chigi family called him.

Try to take a glance just above you, looking the Eternal Father at the top of the little Raphael’s dome: he stands here to bless you and one of the men who managed to made powerful and wonderful the Church, its brand and the its city: Rome.

Roma Barocca

La scorsa Domenica ci siamo dedicati alla ricerca della “Roma Barocca”, ovvero di tutte le Chiese, Palazzi e Basiliche risalenti al XVII sec. D.C. di stile Barocco. Non siamo riusciti a vederle tutte ma non mancheremo!

Per ora un pò di foto

1- Arrivati a Piazza del Popolo abbiamo provato ad accedere a Santa Maria del Popolo ma ahimè era chiusa. Un’assaggio della Piazza grazie alla nostra Gopro.

2- Abbiamo proseguito per via del Corso imbattendoci negli Artisti di Strada…

artisti di strada roma
artisti di strada roma

3 – …fino ad arrivare alla Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi di Gian Lorenzo Bernini e la bellissima Piazza Navona. Come non visitare la Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone? una meraviglia…

Sant Agnese in Agone
Sant Agnese in Agone
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Abbiamo poi proseguito per Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza ma anche questa chiusa…vi allego comunque qualche foto presa dal web.

Sant Ivo alla Sapienza
Sant Ivo alla Sapienza

Continuando a camminare ci troviamo di fronte all’imponente statua di Giordano Bruno a Campo dei Fiori (non è Barocco ma ne vale la pena osservarla). Proseguiamo e ci dirigiamo verso Galleria Spada con la sua Collezione Privata di opere d’Arte e…

Prospettiva Borrominie la Prospettiva del Borromini

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Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi