Baroque

Still today landscape of Rome is predominantly characterized by the baroque epoch. By the 16th century, the Catholic Church had become immensely rich – one of the chief criticism of Protestant reformers. The display of grandeur and extravagance by the Papal court contrasted sharply with the poverty of the people, and wealthy Roman society was characterized by sumptuous luxury and a ceaseless round of entertainment. To make the Catholic faith more appealing than Protestantism, scores of churches were built, and monuments and fountains were erected to glorify the Holy See. The finest architects in the ornate, dramatic style of the Baroque were Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini.

The masters of the baroque – Bernini and Borrimini (Tour 1)

Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini were the most important architects in Rome in the 17th century. Due to the multiplicity and the importance of their works, we want to dedicate two different routes to them. Bernini and Borromini got…

The masters of the baroque – Bernini and Borromini (Tour 2)

Unlike to Borromini, Bernini was also a successful sculptor. Among his sculptures in the Borghese Gallery and in many other places in Rome, the Ecstasy of St. Teresa (1646) in S. Maria della Vittoria belongs without doubt among his masterpieces:…

The glory of the baroque: Illusionistic ceiling paintings

Rome’s baroque churches are so richly decorated that one often notices the ceiling decorations only as one is leaving the church. During our tour we will see some of the most ingenious examples of baroque illusionism: Giovanni Lanfranco’s Glory of…

Caravaggio – an artist against the tendencies of the church

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, called Caravaggio, is still one of the most disputed and most discussed artists from the 17th century. Caravaggio was considered to be enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious and dangerous. He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600,…