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“Renassance church built with Colosseum travertine”

Basilica di Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio
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Naples, Italy
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“Renassance church built with Colosseum travertine”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

The Basilica is located the homonymous square, close to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, as well as the Palazzo Althemps Museum. It hosts one of the most beautiful painting of all times, the Madonna di Loreto, or Pilgrim's Madonna, by Caravaggio, representing a barefoot virgin and naked child with two peasants. The church also contains a fresco of the Prophet Isaiah by Raphael and the statue of the Madonna del Parto (Our Lady of Childbirth) by Jacopo Sansovino.

Visited June 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Free and Beautiful”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Worth a peek if you are in the area, we went in but they were having a service one of those hidden treasures.

Visited June 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“the library”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Of course it has the Famous Caravaggio of the Virgin presenting the infant Christ to the adoring peasants. The one peasant is seen displaying the underside of his very dirty foot. Caravaggio loved dirty feet. Of course this was the counter-reformation. Those northern Protestants were busy trying to pursue a religion of sterile white painted rational thought. The Catholic responded with the sensuousness of reality. This is what this painting is about. But go next door, to the right. Up stairs is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. They will let you in if you don't make noise; and don't try to walk too far in. Photographs are forbidden. However they will let you take one or two. If you take more than that you will be scolded. Or at least that has been my experience.

Other libraries:
The college behind San Ignazio, The Villa Corsini Trasteverie, the oratory of San Philippi Neri. Bring your passport and behave.

Visited April 2014
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Rome, Italy
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“a must”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

How many of you are getting around Piazza Navona without coming here? Please have a look, from Caravaggio to Raffaello ,from Andrea Sansovino( I love the Madonna con bambino e Sant'Anna )to Jacopo Sansovino. And then go to San Luigi dei Francesi, few steps from this church, to admire more Caravaggio. But the one in Sant'Agostino is not less!

Visited February 2014
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Sublime Carravagio”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Basilica San Augostino is for fans of that troublesome Carravagio. He shook up the art world back then during the 17th century. Rather than illustrating divine personas in a divine way he renders them as real people. Heaven forbid. And forbid they did. But, here is my favorite painting done by the hand of the angry master. You will go for the painting rather than the church in most cases. He depicts the Mary as a weary Roman standing in her doorway, as a tired young mother, babe in arms. Before her are pilgrims on their knees in awe of her with the baby Jesus. The painting is glorious with the drama of his chiaroscuro light...so dramatic, but that was what Baroque art was about. Notch up the drama by emphasizing the dirty feet of the pilgrims putting them in our faces. I admit it is difficult for me to get past the painting to the rest of the church but do try. To have a painting as magnificant as this, close up and personal is a gift. Yes just down the street is the French church with 3 Carravagio paintings, walk just a bit further to enjoy his Mary. She is a raven haired beauty done by a master of composition and paint. And despite his terrible temper he changed the world of art.

Visited October 2013
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