The remarkable Cappella dei Re Magi (Chapel of the Three Magi, 1654-64), which was designed by that genius of the Baroque Francesco Borromini (1599-1667), is part of the Palazzo di Propaganda Fide.
The dedication to the Magi was decided by Cardinal Barberini on the assumption that the three kings could be regarded as the first pagans who embraced the Christian faith; their conversion could therefore be considered as a symbol of those promoted by the congregation.
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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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