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Sant' Ignazio di Loyola; Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola
Sant' Ignazio di Loyola; Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola
Other Title(s)Sant' Ignazio di Loyola; Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola
TitleSant'Ignazio di Loyola
Record Typework
Type of WorkPainting; Baroque Painting; Architecture; Baroque Architecture
Materialfrescoes; canvas
Creator (Artist/Architect)Grassi, Orazio (1583-1654)
Algardi, Alessandro (1598-1654)
Pozzo, Andrea (1642-1709)
Date1688-1690
LocationItaly; Rome; Campus Martius
StyleBaroque
Period17th c
CultureItalian
Description/NotesThe nave fresco is the Apotheosis of St. Ignatius (St. Ignatius being welcomed to heaven by the Virgin Mary and Christ. Famed for its dramatic illusionism in which the ceiling appears to open to the heavens. On the mathematics of the illusionism of this ceiling, see: http://library.thinkquest.org/3257/illusion.html#ignazio The dome is also completely an illusion. Painted on a canvas which measures 17m across, it is best seen from a spot marked on the floor of the church by a bronze plaque. The monks whose church and monastary were next to Sant'Ignatius complained that the planned dome would block their light [a complaint which may have had has much to do with jealousies and politics as it did with the realities of light (Dr. R.J.Betts).] The solution was a trompe l'oeil dome, Pozzo's illusion of a dramatic dome.
Rights - Deposited ImageCharles K. Growdon and Marcia Cohn Growdon
ViewDome framed by ceiling & arches
UNR Accession #06-MCG-0080-IT

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