The floor of the Cappella Chigi, in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, sports a striking image of a winged skeleton holding aloft the coat of arms of the Chigi family.
The four enlarged letters of the inscription 'Mors aD CaeLos' (Through Death to Heaven) form the date, in Roman numerals, MDCL (1650), the year the chapel was finally completed.
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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