Skip to comments.Lenten Station Churches of Rome - - SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY: SANT’AGOSTINO
Posted on 02/25/2012 3:07:22 PM PST by NYer
Coming from the busy streets near Piazza Navona, we find ourselves a quiet square before the graceful façade of todays station. Originally the liturgy of today was celebrated in the church of St. Tryphon. This was an older church which once stood near here but was demolished to make room for the adjacent Augustinian convent, which was later confiscated by the Italian government after the invasion of Rome in 1870. The church of St. Augustine, under the patronage of the great pastor and author of the fourth and fifth centuries, dates back to the medieval period, with the first church begun in 1296 and construction continuing over the following two centuries, finishing in 1446. Soon after, this was almost completely rebuilt as the present structure, beginning in 1479 and completed in 1483. While the exterior appearance still asserts the Renaissance origins of this church, the interior modifications began almost as soon as it was completed. The pillars of the nave were covered with frescoes in the mid-sixteenth century; the high altar, a work of Bernini, was constructed in 1626-28. A more general renovation took place in 1750 and again in 1860. Through all of these changes the interior has maintained its order and proportions, reminding us of the age in which it was built when the new intellectual ideas of the Renaissance were spreading throughout Europe.
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Address: via della Scrofa, 80
Directions: Take bus 46, 64, 571, or 916 from the stop down the hill, across the Tiber, and in front of S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini (Acciaioli) to the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele/Navona stop; walk down the Corso to Piazza Pantaleo and then turn left and walk north through Piazza Navona. After exiting the end of the piazza turn right and pass under the arch; the church is to your left in the small square.
The first altar on the left inside contains Caravaggio's almost Mannerist Madonna del Loreto, with pair of dirty-footed pilgrims kneeling before the willowy, velvet-robed Virgin who's carrying a ridiculously oversized (if marvelously lifelike) Christ child.
The picture's beautiful, but a bit weird, and though it's obviously meant to be some sort of adoration of the shepherds, the dirty-footed figures, and the way the man is propping a pole in the crook of his arm, make it look for all the world like an "Adoration of the Janitors." 'Course, that may be just me.
Against the entrance wall is a shrine to the Madonna del Parto, a pregnant Virgin Mary (carved by Jacopo Sansovino in 1521) surrounded by thousands of votive offerings sent in supplication, especially by women who want to ensure a safe childbirth.
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