The beautiful church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is home to a masterpiece of medieval fresco painting. The fresco of The Last Judgement (c. 1293) was painted by the Roman artist, Pietro Cavallini (c. 1250-c. 1330), on the counter-facade of the church. However, much of the painting was lost when the church was given a makeover in the 18th century.
The fresco is now only visible from the nuns’ choir, where its impact is stunning. To either side of Christ and the angels stand the Virgin Mary and St John the Baptist. They, in turn, are flanked by six seated apostles.
Cavallini’s fresco is accessed by a door to the left of the church, which leads into the Benedictine convent. There is an small entry fee and the fresco can be viewed each morning from 10.00 until 12.30. The convent is closed on Sundays.
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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