The delightful Cappella Fonseca, in the church of San Lorenzo in Lucina, was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) for Gabriele Fonseca, a rich Portuguese physician, who served Pope Innocent X (r. 1644-1655).
The chapel has three busts of members of the Fonseca family. The animated bust of Gabriele Fonseca (1668-74) is the the work of Bernini, the other two busts are studio works.
The oval painting of the Annunciation is by Ludovico Gimignani (1643-97) and is based on a work by Guido Reni (1575-1642). It is set in a black marble frame, which is being held up by two marble angels.
The vault is decorated with a host of stucco angels.
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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