In a courtyard of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore stands a curious monument that was erected to celebrate the conversion, in 1593, of King Henry IV of France (r. 1589-94) to Catholicism in 1593.
The monument is made up of a granite column, in the shape of the barrel of a cannon, capped with a Cross. What intrigues me most about it are the figures on the Cross. In addition to Christ, there is also the Virgin Mary and Child, the only example of its kind that I know of in Rome, or elsewhere for that matter.
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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