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“Masterpieces and Miracles Await!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basilica di Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio

Basilica di Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio
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“Masterpieces and Miracles Await!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

This basilica is steps from one end of Piazza Navonna and also close to the Pantheon. So if you are in that area, you might want to take a look inside the basilica. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It’s a big naked-looking building at the top of a plain flight of stairs. I almost passed it by, but since I spotted it in my early morning walk and wasn’t yet exhausted by sightseeing, I popped inside for a quick why-not look. Inside is beautiful!

Plus, there are major artworks. There’s a fresco of Isaiah by Raphael, painted in 1512 and clearly influenced by Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The high altar is by Bernini. Probably the biggest claim-to-fame for the basilica is a statue by Jacopo Sansovino found in a niche by the entrance—the Madonna del Parto, the Madonna of Childbirth. Many miracles have reportedly occurred in connection with this statue, and the basilica gained a lot of wealth because of the hordes of pilgrims who would travel to see the statue—especially women who were (or wanted to become) pregnant. Another very famous holding of the basilica is a painting by Caravaggio, the Madonna dei Pellegrini. It was a scandal when it premiered since it features Mary presenting Christ as a baby to two pilgrims. Mary’s naked feet and the lowly state of the tattered pilgrims were shocking at that time.

When I visited, the nave ceiling was covered by a protective tarp. But even with that distraction, the basilica was a great hidden treat, and I recommend a quick visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Visited May 2012
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“The one Caravaggio worth seeing, with a Raphael thrown in”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

Paintings by Caravaggio -- whose reputation often exceeds his art -- abound throughout Rome, but the one painting worth seeking out is in the Church of St. Augustine, near the Piazza Navonna. "The Virgin Mary and the Pilgrims" shows Caravaggio at his brilliant best suffusing his scene with shadows and light. As important as the artistic achievement is, the painting's history is as noteworthy because it offended Renaissance Rome. Caravaggio painted two pilgrims on their knees before Mary and her child -- two shabby pilgrims, one with dirty, bare feet and scrubby beard, the other a wrinkled old hag with a soiled linen cap on her head. Such pilgrims were not fit subjects of paintings at the height of the Renaissance.

What was fit for the Renaissance is the near-by and often over-looked fresco of the Prophet Isaiah painted by Raphael. His powerful and emotional painting is just a few steps down the central aisle of this magnificent church.

Visited May 2012
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“A very nice surprise.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012

The modest facade of this church might be its weakest aspect.
Once you enter the church, everything comes to life.
The colours are beautiful, light entering the church creates beautiful patterns on the walls and floor and the church's altar is absolutely stunning.
Well worth finding this church.

Visited April 2012
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“Another lovely church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

First church vistied - wow! Close to San Luigi and Piazza Novano

Visited February 2012
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“One of the best churches in Rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2009

We arrived at Sant’Agostino right at 4:00, just as they opened for the afternoon. This is a lovely, charming and significant church; I highly recommend a visit.

We saw Sansovino’s Madonna del Parte, surrounded by ribbons and teddy bears advertising the successful births she helped with. She gets a lot of attention from worshippers! In fact, her foot had to be covered with a metal sandal to keep it from being kissed out of existence.

The church also boasts the tomb of St. Monica, a visionary Caravaggio of Mary as a Roman woman blessing worshippers with dirty peasant feet (that guy was sure ahead of his time in painting realistically!), a lovely family sculpture by Sansovino of the Virgin and child with doting grandmother St. Anne, and a fresco of the Prophet Isaiah by Raphael.

I love the story about the Raphael, which was stylistically inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel work. Not surprisingly, then, Michelangelo greatly admired it (even though he was not generally a fan of Raphael). When the patron complained about the price, Michelangelo characteristically snapped, “The knee alone is worth what you paid!”

The church is uncommonly pretty, as well as being packed with significant art. And I agree with Michelangelo. Well worth a visit.

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