Daily Rome Shot 200

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About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. rhurd says:

    Cari amici: This is a late 19-century plaque on the building where the great 17th-century sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini (7 December 1598 – 28 November 1680) lived and died. The building is on the Via della Mercede which connects the Piazza San Silvestro with Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, the church that contains two beautiful angels which Bernini sculpted for the Ponte Sant’Angelo (but which were apparently too beautiful to be left out in the rain!) It is also the church where St. Maximillian Kolbe celebrated his first mass after his ordination (in 1918.)

    The inscription reads (from Wikipedia): “Here lived and died Gianlorenzo Bernini, a sovereign of art, before whom reverently bowed popes, princes, and a multitude of peoples.” The plaque was placed in December 1898, the 300th anniversary of Bernini’s birth.

    My favorite sculpture by Bernini is “The Ecstacy of St. Teresa of Avila” at the Church of Santa Maria Della Vittoria. I think it’s already been one of these great “Rome Shots.”

  2. bigtex says:

    Bernini? I you sure that’s not Shakespeare in Rome? They made a movie about it, starring that insufferable Gwyneth Paltrow.

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