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This webpage reproduces (a very small excerpt from)
a chapter of
Descrizione delle Pitture, Sculture
e Architetture esposte in Roma

by Filippo Titi

published by
Marco Pagliarini

The text is in the public domain.

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 p56  Of S. Grisogono and other Churches in Trastevere

This very ancient church is the seat of a parish, and it was rebuilt from its foundations by Cardinal Giovanni da Crema, and Cardinal Scipione Borghese restored it by building the portico and the coffered ceiling. Here is the convent of the Fathers of the Carmel of the Congregation of Mantua.

The Church is divided into three aisles, supported by 22 granite columns of the Ionic order, and the triumphal arch is supported by two large porphyry columns of the Corinthian order.

In the center of the rich gilt ceiling is depicted St. Chrysogonus by Guercino da Cento in his first and cheerful manner; and over the ciborium the Virgin Mary with her Son in her arms, sleeping, is the work of the Cavalier d'Arpino.

The paintings on the right side, with St. Catherine, St. Barbara, and other Saints, are by a contemporary of Cav. Paolo Guidotti, and the ensemble was produced under his direction. The three Angels that follow are by Giovanni da S. Giovanni.

The Crucifix, the Virgin, and St. John on the other side of the side door, as well as the St. Francesca, are by the same Cav. Guidotti: and the framed painting in the chapel of the Poli, the architect of which was Bernini, was executed by Lodovico Gemignani, who depicted in it the Guardian Angel. The paintings of the vault — the Holy Trinity and Choirs of Angels — are by his father Giacinto; and the sculptures and the marble busts on the  p57 tombs of Cardinal and Monsignor Poli, are works done by various artists to the designs of Bernini.

The ciborium forming the main altar is supported by four very beautiful ancient alabaster columns from Montauto. After the door to the sacristy, there is a painting of St. Francis at prayer, thought to be of the school of –––––.º The St. Dominic and the St. Francis with other little angels are works of the above-mentioned Guidotti: and the framed painting next to them, of Jesus Christ and St. Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi, is by Giovanni Coli and Filippo Gherardi da Lucca, who worked on it together.

In the Rioni of Trastevere and of Ripa there are other small churches, among which that of S. Maria in Cappella, after the Ponte Rotto, where S. Francesca Romana created a hospital: today it is the seat of the guild of the Barilari.º Near it is the church of the Savior built by Sixtus IV, and that of S. Maria della Torre, next to which Leo IV had a tower built to suppress the Saracen raids on the Tiber. S. Benedetto in Pescinula is said to have been the house of the Saint when he came to Rome to pursue his studies. There is also S. Salvatore degl' invalidi, the private church of the large and magnificent Hospice of the poor boy wards and invalids, called S. Michele a Ripa, erected by the Holy Father Innocent XII, where they learn various arts; and in particular the weaving of tapestries, printing, cloth manufacturing, &c. S. Crispino,  p58 a church originally dedicated to the holy virgin St. Bonosa, is today given to the Università de' Calzolari; and finally S. Salvatore della Corte which is a hospice of the Minims of the Province of Rome.

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