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S. Filippo di Bevagna

[image ALT: missingALT. It is a three-quarters view of the church of S. Filippo in Bevagna, Umbria (central Italy).]

The façade of S. Filippo, with the usual accompaniment of parked cars.

[image ALT: missingALT. It is a view of the façade of the church of S. Filippo in Bevagna, Umbria (central Italy).]

S. Filippo was built in the early 18c; according to Giulio Urbini (Spello, Bevagna, Monte­falco, published in 1913 — pp85‑86) the interior is a riot of exuberant frescoes, mostly allegorical, by Giovanni Battista Michelini di Foligno, a student of Guido Reni. It's well that we found that brief sentence in Urbini: it's all I can tell you. Our church appears to have been closed for many years: notice the weeds growing on the main ledge of the façade.

If you have a Schwärm for 18c churches, you should not get too sanguine, either, about the crane in the background. Work is proceeding, not on S. Filippo, but on the splendid Romanesque church of S. Michele behind it; and from the looks of it, I wouldn't be too surprised to find out that S. Filippo were serving as a warehouse for that restoration effort; at any rate, this page is for now reduced to a scrapbook.

[image ALT: The upper part of a brick building, in which a rectangular window about 4 meters tall by 2 meters wide is flanked by slightly smaller blank rectangular niches each of them in turn defined by capitalled pilasters on either side. It is a view of the upper story of the façade of the church of S. Filippo in Bevagna, Umbria (central Italy).]

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Page updated: 31 Aug 05