Around the year 1514 the wealthy papal banker Agostino Chigi commissioned Raphael (1483-1520) to design a small chapel in the church of Santa Maria della Pace.
However, the Cappella Chigi wasn't completed until the reign of Pope Alexander VII (r. 1655-67), who was Agostino Chigi's great-nephew.
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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