Madonna nella Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo Roma
"Madonna in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo Rome"...
After a spiritual Mass at St. Peters Basilica and intense tour of the Vatican, lunchtime with my friend and pilgrim, Patrick, proved inspirational. Forgoing the Coliseum, we aimed for Piazza del Popolo. Encompassed within its sacred walls is a variety of artwork unequaled in the world. Our eyes were on the famous Caravaggio paintings located in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo. The “Crucifixion of Peter” and the “Conversion of Saint Paul” were found to be elusive on my previous visit. The security guard blocked the doorway and turned off the lights to the small chapel inside the Basilica every time I came near. We found the Basilica under reconstruction, waiting for an opening, then rushed inside to find darkness and disarray everywhere. Finally, finding the dark chapel, our eyes could not focus enough to discover the paintings. Suddenly, the light arose and the Caravaggio’s were an arm’s length away. We expeditiously actuated our cameras and euphorically clicked away. Just as hastily, a mysterious guard clicked off the lights. As we calmed down and gathered benevolent thoughts, we aimed our startled eyes toward the exit. The fragmented sunlight streaming into the dark basilica from the vestibule and front doors appeared like a dream. As I vacillated forward, a dark, but luminous statue absorbed by sunlight appeared to gaze upon me with precocious compassion. Her motherly expression offered a perception of love and gratitude. Upon exit, the Eternal City awaited our next impassioned venture.
- Dino Carbetta
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- Dino's 2019 Pellegrinaggio, Portafoglio (Portfolio)