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Sant'Agostino

Sant'Agostino (58)

The first thing you will see on approaching Sant’Agostino is a broad staircase and a striking Renaissance facade. The church was established in 1420 and completed in 1483. It was erected on a site where many of Rome’s most sought-after female courtiers had worshipped their gods, and this fact attracted a large number of admirers. 

On the interior, the current dome is by Luigi Vanvitelli, and the frescos on the columns are by Gagliardi, except for the one on the third column on the left, which is by Raphael. 

Directly opposite is a beautiful sculpture group by Andrea Sansovino, which includes a statue of the pregnant Madonna. 

The most remarkable work in the church, however, is “Madonna of the Pilgrims” by Caravaggio, on the altarpiece in the first chapel. This work was very controversial when it was painted because the realistic Biblical figures are represented as poor people with dirty feet and torn garments. Caravaggio painted this work shortly before he fled Rome in 1606 to escape the death penalty. 

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