The tombs of Vittoria Parabiacchi and Angelo Altieri, in the Cappella Altieri, must have the shortest inscriptions of any funerary monument in Rome. Each tomb bears just a single word: VMBRA (Shade) and NIHIL (Nothing).
The Altieri Chapel is part of the Baroque church of Santa Maria in Campitelli, whose imposing facade (1662-7) is the work of the Roman architect Carlo Rainaldi (1611-91).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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