Santa Maria degli Angeli (Rome, Italy) : Interior, opulent Baroque decoration by Carlo Maratta at end of left transept, (new) Chapel of St. Bruno (1700), organ visible at left

Published/Created:
Piazza della Repubblica
Rome, Lazio, Italy
1562-1566 (alteration); 1749-1750 (alteration); 298-306 CE
Physical Description:
344 ft (width, total) x 420 ft (length, total)
Date Depicted:
4/8/2009
Materials:
stone; brick; stucco; marble; rose-granite
Notes:
As part of his urban improvements to this area of Rome, Pope Pius IV took up the campaign of a Sicilian visionary Antonio del Duca (brother of the architect Giacomo del Duca) that a part of the ancient Baths of Diocletian (AD 298-306) should be re-dedicated for Christian use. Michelangelo was called in to convert the tepidarium into the Carthusian church of S Maria degli Angeli (built from 1562). He oriented it northeast/southwest, with the main door and high altar on the short axis and long "transepts" ending in side-entrances. His interventions were minimal. Because the original groin vaulting and the great rose-granite columns that supported it were largely intact, Michelangelo simply walled off the transepts from the rooms beyond, built a long barrel-vaulted choir behind the altar, whitewashed the vault and tiled the roof. The present opulent interior is the result of a major reworking by Luigi Vanvitelli in 1749-1750, which obscures Michelangelo’s intentions. Some of the original spatial and lighting effects of the baths interior can still be appreciated.
Variant Titles:
Baths of Diocletian
S. Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri alle Terme di Roma
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
Topics:
Architecture -- Italy -- 16th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- Italy -- 18th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- Roman -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Baroque
Imperial
Culture:
Ancient Roman
Italian
Accession Number:
1A2-I-R-SMA-A14
Coordinates:
+41.903056+12.496944
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
churches (AAT)
thermae
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
buildings; institutional buildings; health facilities; public baths; buildings; religious buildings; churches architecture; Diocletian, Emperor of Rome, 245-313; Pius IV, Pope, 1499-1565; Restoration and conservation; Roman Empire; architectural reuse
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Seven
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
4/8/2009
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4349
OID:
10472125
PID:
digcoll:1791972