Il piccolo angelo annoiato - Santa Maria del Popolo Roma
"The little bored angel - Santa Maria del Popolo Rome"...
Not far from my hotel in Roma resides a fairly nondescript exterior of The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo. Encompassed within its sacred walls is a variety of art work unequaled in the world. The Basilica is comprised of great works by many of the preeminent artists, such as Raphael, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Alessandro Algardi, Pinturicchio, Andrea Bregno, Guillaume de Marcillat and Donato Bramante. “Cappella Cybo” is the second side chapel in the right-hand aisle of the Basilica which is famous for the beauty of its paintings, the preciousness of marble revetments covering its bellissimo walls, and the renowned importance of the artists involved in its construction. The chapel is regarded as one of the most significant sacral monuments erected in Rome in the last quarter of the 17th century. I knew in advance of the great Caravaggio paintings, especially the “Crucifixion of Peter”; however, I was not prepared for the security guard blocking the doorway and turning off the light to the small chapel inside the Basilica every time I came near. The guard courageously kept a watchful eye on everyone with a camera in order to protect the integrity of the very famous artwork. I edged to the back, peered around the corner with a telephoto lens and prevailed with a few pictures from a distance of the famous paintings just for my viewing pleasure. However, as I returned home and upon making a close inspection of the pictures, it was not the Caravaggios I had coveted, but an imposter. The guard blocked the shallow entrance and within a few steps inside, to the right and left ...the Caravaggios hid from view, as if to tell me to try yet another day. However, another consolation was this tired angel, who seemed less than empathetic with my situation.
- Dino Carbetta
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