The Borromini’s lantern: the fire of the Knowledge

Imagine to walk peacefully throught the fine streets in the city centre of Rome.
Now, imagine to have to the right an open door.
Passing the entrance, you will stay just in the centre of a courtyard, surrounded by columns. But what is majestic and truly beautiful is a white and brilliant lantern set above a church in front of you.

That lantern, the architectural final part of a dome in a church, has a spiral shape, recalling movements and virtuosism. It isn’t a dream, but a true church which stands not far from Piazza Navona. This is the church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, and the genius who created it and its wonderful lantern was one of the most important artists in Rome: Borromini

The Borromini’s lantern

Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

It was a church projected during the XVI century, when all the area was under restoration.
What is foundamental to say is that this place was famous in Rome, just because it was the first headquarter of the La Sapienza University.
It was inaugurated during the first years of the XIV century by the Pope Bonifacio VIII, who wanted to show how the city could be the birthplace and the core of the Knowledge.
But over the centuries it was quite destroyed and abandoned.
This is the reason why in the Renaissance, a time in which whatever you want in Rome was restored and built, La Sapienza University was one of the palaces chosen for some restorations.

Cupola - Chiesa Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

After many years the construction site wasn’t finish.
It was a huge problem, due to the image of Rome which had to indicate the city not only as the place of the Church, but also the refuge of Arts and Wisdow.

They could be created thanks to the deeds of the Christian Church and for this reason the sacred building was essential. Borromini started to work there with a simple aim: he had to built something that could remember to everybody the real symbols of the place.

The Lantern

We could speak a lot about the great project created by the master. How he was able to use geometrical shapes in order to produce a star map, how the inside of the church was so brilliant… but we have to put our attention to the fantastic lantern! An architectural element which connects the ground with the sky, with its curved lines and decorations.

What do it represents?

The lantern is the Fire of the Wisdow, but not only…it symbollically regains the Babele Tower, which was also a symbol of the human Knowledge. Moreover, the lantern regains also the Headlight of Alessandria, other human masterpiece.
So, in this way we could understand how Borromini played with the history and the traditions, in order to obtain something that managed to represent some of the most important human discretions.

Then, he was able to create something more: a new must see monument in 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

Prospettiva BorrominiDulcisi in Fundo come poteva mancare una visita alla Fontana di Trevi dopo il restauro?

Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi