The 16th century church of Santa Maria di Loreto, which stands in the shadow of Trajan's Column, was commissioned by the Sodalizio dei Fornai (Bakers' Guild).
Construction of the church, with its octagonal ground-plan, began in 1507 under Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484-1546). The dome, lantern and bell tower were completed some 75 years later by Jacopo del Duca (c. 1520-1604), a pupil of Michelangelo (who, for thirty years, lived next door to the church).
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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