The beautiful church of Santa Maria del Priorato, which belongs to the Knights of Malta, was designed by Giambattista Piranesi (1720-78) and built in 1765. Better known for his etchings of Rome, the church is Piranesi's only architectural work.
The elaborately ornate high altar is the work of Tommaso Righi (1727-1802). The statue of Piranesi, who is interred in Santa Maria del Priorato, is by Giuseppe Angelini (1735-1811).
Santa Maria del Priorato is hidden away from public view in the grounds of the Villa Magistrale, the residence of the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta.
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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