Wednesday, 21 January 2015

San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome

Right around the corner from the Pantheon and near the Piazza Navona is the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. There are plenty of fancy churches throughout Rome. What makes this one special are a few Caravaggios tucked into a corner chapel.

Outside, an inviting church.

Inside, the usual baroque bounty that's so common in Rome.

What draws the crowds: the three Caravaggios.

The paintings depict scenes from Saint Matthew's life - the calling, inspiration and martyrdom. No matter what the subject, the paintings are an amazing combination of composition, heightened emotion and a masterful play of chiaroscuro.

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