Art Treasures in the Church of Trinita dei Monti in Rome Italy

Fresco by Daniele da Volterra, c.1548, in the ...

Fresco by Daniele da Volterra, c.1548, in the della Rovere chapel, Trinita’ dei Monti. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The gorgeous church of Trinita dei Monti  (Trinity of the Mountains) is located at the top of the Spanish Steps. This church is loaded with art treasures. The location offers a spectacular view of the city of Rome from the Piazza della Trinita dei Monti.
Assumption of the Virgin by Daniele da Volterra

Assumption of the Virgin by Daniele da Volterra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trinity of the Mountains is one of the few churches in Rome that has twin bell-towers. It also overlooks the Piazza de Spagne and Bernini’s Boat Fountain.

The Italian Renaissance church was consecrated in 1585 by Pope Sixtus V. The front of the church has the Obelisco Sallustiano; it was placed here in 1789. This Roman obelisk was originally constructed for the Gardens of Sallust near Porta Salaria. The hieroglyphic inscription was copied from the Egyptian obelisk in the Piazza del Popolo.

The facade was designed by Carlo Maderno and it was finished in 1570. Domenico Fontana constructed the double flight of stairs in 1587, under the guidance of Pope Sixtus V. The inscription explains that the Kings of France were instrumental in the construction of the church. The clock was added on the left tower in 1613.

Daniele da Volterra - Massacre of the Innocent...

Daniele da Volterra – Massacre of the Innocents – WGA05913 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The facade of the church of Trinita dei Monti ...

The facade of the church of Trinita dei Monti in Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This church is packed with the magnificent work of Daniele da Volterra. He was a student of Michelangelo. After Michelangelo’s death, Daniele was hired to cover the genitals in his Last Judgment with vestments and loincloths.

He painted clothing on the nude figures in the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel because Pope Pius IV objected to Michelangelo’s nudes. This earned him the

nickname “Il Braghettone (the breeches maker).”

Trinità dei Monti, Capella della Rovere, fresc...

Trinità dei Monti, Capella della Rovere, frescoed by Daniele da Volterra in the 1540s. Particularly lovely is the central motif of cherubs holding up the oak-tree crest of the della Rovere family. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Descent from the Cross (c. 1545), before its 2...

Descent from the Cross (c. 1545), before its 2004 restoration – Daniele da Volterra – Trinità dei Monti, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The elegant main altar was designed by Jean de Champagne with twisted side columns. Next to the altar, admire Federico Zuccari‘s “Coronation of the Virgin” which is next to the copy of Jean-Auguste Ingres‘ “Giving the Keys to Saint Peter.” The original is in the Louvre in Paris.

Daniele da Volterra - The Presentation of the ...

Daniele da Volterra – The Presentation of the Virgin – WGA05914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many side chapels in this church. Some are decorated with frescoes by Daniele da Volterra. His “Deposition from the Cross” and “Assumption of the Virgin  are beautiful. The figure on the right of the Assumption includes a portrait of Michelangelo in red looking toward the viewer.

Assumption of the Virgin, by Daniele da Volter...

Assumption of the Virgin, by Daniele da Volterra, in the della Rovere chapel in Trinita’ dei Monti. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adoración de los pastores by Daniele da Volter...

There are many beautiful objects and sculptures in this church. During the Napoleonic occupation of Rome many of the treasures were destroyed.

In 1816, after the Bourbon restoration, the church was restored at the expense of Louis XVIII.

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

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