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“Beautiful paintings in several chapel”

Church of St. Louis of the French
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Private Baroque Walking Tour of Rome: Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and...
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Owner description: Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was commissioned to paint for this church, where in one of its chapels is his realistic naturalism in three scenes of the life of St. Matthew.
New York City, New York
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“Beautiful paintings in several chapel”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Near the Piazza Navona, and not far from the Giolitti gelateria, is this church, the national church of the French (Francesi) in Rome. Inside are chapels filled with fine paintings. The most famous are by Caravaggio, the stormy personality who had new ideas about conveying the drama of religious subjects. He often used spotlighting to emphasize the stories, and painted figures who looked like real people rather than versions of ancient Roman statues. He shows the Calling by Jesus of St. Matthew in a basement where Matthew has been hanging out with his disreputable buddies, by illuminating the hand of Jesus calling and by Matthew's hand that seems to be saying "Are you calling ME?" But do not neglect the paintings in other chapels, such as those by Domenichino and others.

Visited July 2014
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Karlskrona, Sweden
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“Best church in Rome!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

This small and difficult to find church about midway between Pza Navona and Pantheon is my favourite in Rome. It is beautifully decorated with gold and marble - all in the shape of French lillies. Plus there are the famous Caravaggio paintings.

Visited July 2014
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Rijswijk, Holland
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“"Caravaggio"”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

The three Caravaggios are worth the visit to this church. Make sure that you put some coins in the machine, otherwise you will miss the beauty of these great paintings (watch the dirty feet of St. Matthew).
Don't forget to see the tomb of Pauline de Beaumont (first chapel on the left), mistress of Chateaubriand.

Visited August 2014
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Londres, Royaume-Uni
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“Caravaggio masterpieces”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

A 'must' for anyone who likes Caravaggio.
Take along coins to operate the lights - try to take it in turns with other art lovers!

Visited August 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Must see if you are a Caravaggio Fan”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This church is beautiful, like many in Rome. But the Caravaggio paintings are a must see. They are in the far right hand corner as you walk in. Bring some coins to view the paintings. They have a metered light box that turns on the lights over the paintings. Not sure how long per Euro. We fed the box a few times, and so did some others.

Visited July 2014
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