The small 17th century church of San Giacomo alla Lungara is home to what must be the most overlooked work by the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) in the whole of Rome.
Bernini's funerary monument to Ippolito Merenda takes the form of a winged skeleton clutching a crumpled sheet with its hands and teeth. The sheet sports the epigraph to the deceased.
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 walking tours of Rome.
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