Bernini’s Church of Santa Bibiana in Rome

Cardinal Cencius (future Pope Honorius III), t...

Cardinal Cencius (future Pope Honorius III), the author of the Liber Censuum; portrait by Giotto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imatge d'Honori III

Imatge d’Honori III (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ms 722/1196 f.392r Frederic II (1194-...

English: Ms 722/1196 f.392r Frederic II (1194-1250) crowned by Pope Honorius III (d.1227) from Le Miroir Historial, by Vincent de Beauvais (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St Francis preaches in the presence of pope Ho...

St Francis preaches in the presence of pope Honorius III (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bernini designed the Church of Santa Bibiana, a small church in Rome devoted to Saint Bibiana.

Santa Bibiana by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini at C...

Santa Bibiana by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini at Church of Santa Bibiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This church was originally built by Pope Simplicius and consecrated in 467. In 1224, the church was restored by Pope Honorius III. The church is located on via Giovanni Giolitti near the Termini Station in Rome.

Portrait of Honorius III - Detail of the apse ...

Portrait of Honorius III – Detail of the apse mosaic of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1220) – Roma – Italy Pope Honorius III ordered the mosaic and, following the Roman Catholic tradition, is represented near Christ’s feet. Pope Honorius III (1148 – 1227), born Cencio Savelli, was Pope from 1216 to 1227. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Honorius_III (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope Honorius III, was the author of the Liber Censuum. This was a financial record of the real estate revenues of the papacy from 492 to 1192.

Pope Urban VIII

Pope Urban VIII (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the Church of Santa Bibiana, Rome, Italy. Facade.

the Church of Santa Bibiana, Rome, Italy. Facade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The present facade was designed and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini when he was 26 years old.

It was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII. The commanding columns in the nave are from the original 5th century church.

Statue of Pope Urban VIII sculpted by Gian Lor...

Statue of Pope Urban VIII sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his students between 1635 and 1640, and currently on display at the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the Church of Santa Bibiana, Rome, Italy. Faca...

the Church of Santa Bibiana, Rome, Italy. Facade: Gate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italiano: Roma, santa Bibiana, interno

Italiano: Roma, santa Bibiana, interno (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The church houses a statue of  St. Bibiana by Bernini. She is holding a palm leaf and is positioned next to the column where she was martyred. The bodies of St Bibiana, her mother Dafrosa and her sister Demetria where discovered inside a 3rd century sarcophagus. They are now in an alabaster urn under the altar. There are beautiful frescoes by the famous artists, Pietro da Cortona  and Agostino Ciampelli in the church of Santa Bibiana.

Italiano: Roma, santa Maria in via Lata: facci...

Italiano: Roma, santa Maria in via Lata: facciata di Pietro da Cortona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pietro da Cortona - Landing of the Trojans at ...

Pietro da Cortona – Landing of the Trojans at the Mouth of Tiberis – WGA17686 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of Pietro da Cortona’s other magnificent works of art in

include: “Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power”; “Landing of the Trojans at the Mouth of Tiberis”  and “The Gaurdian Angel.” He was also associated with Santa Maria in Via Lata in Rome.The Guardian Angel

Pietro da Cortona - Allegory of Divine Provide...

Pietro da Cortona – Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power – WGA17683 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ciampelli created many interesting pieces of art in Rome. He painted frescoes in the apse of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. At Il Gesu in Rome, he was commissioned to paint “The Martyrdom of St. Andrew” altarpiece and “The Martydom of Saints” in the chapel of St. Andrew in the church of Il Gesu.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's statue of the Blessed L...

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s statue of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni in the Paluzzi-Albertoni chapel in San Francesco a Ripa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"The martyrdom of Pancras of Taormina&quo...

“The martyrdom of Pancras of Taormina”, painting by Agostino Ciampelli in the Chapel of St. Andrew in the church Il Gesù, Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"The martyrdom of saints", painting ...

“The martyrdom of saints”, painting by Agostino Ciampelli in the Chapel of St. Andrew in the church Il Gesù, Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"The Martyrdom of St. Andrew", by Ag...

“The Martyrdom of St. Andrew”, by Agostino Ciampelli (1577-1642), altarpiece in the Chapel of St. Andrew of the church Il Gesù, Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Angelic procession, by Agostino Ciampelli, in ...

Angelic procession, by Agostino Ciampelli, in the apse of S. Maria in Trastevere, from about 1600. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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