Sant' Agostino was one of the first churches in Rome to be built in the Renaissance style. It was funded by Guillaume d’Estouteville, the Cardinal Camerlengo under Pope Sixtus IV (r. 1471-84), and built between 1479 and 1483 by Jacopo da Pietrasanta (died 1495), who used blocks of travertine plundered from the Colosseum in the construction of the facade.
In 1756 the Neapolitan architect Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-73) radically transformed the interior of the church and modified the 15th century bell-tower.
Sant' Agostino is home to many works of art, but perhaps the most famous is the Madonna dei Pellegrini (also known as the Madonna di Loreto, 1604-06) by Caravaggio (1571-1610), which is located in the Cappella Cavalletti, the first chapel on the left.
In addition to Caravaggio's painting, there are notable works by Raphael (1483-1520), Andrea Sansovino (c. 1467-1529), & his pupil Jacopo Sansovino (no relation, 1486-1570).
The fresco of the Prophet Isaiah by Raphael, on a pillar in the nave, was commissioned in 1512 by the Humanist scholar Giovanni Goritz for his funerary monument. Below the fresco is a statue of the Madonna and Child with St Anne (1512), which was sculpted from a single block of marble by Andrea Sansovino.
At the west end of the church is the Madonna del Parto (Madonna of Childbirth, 1521) by Andrea's pupil Jacopo Sansovino, a statue much venerated by mothers-to-be.
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