The 17th century church of Santi Nomi di Gesù e Maria (Holy Names of Jesus and Mary), better known simply as Gesù e Maria, was built for the Order of Discalced Augustinians.
The sober facade, the work of Carlo Rainaldi, reflects the austerity of the Order's life, while the magnificently ornate interior expresses the Baroque taste for theatricality and sumptuous display.
The decoration of the single barrel-vaulted nave was financed by Giorgio Bolognetti, bishop of Rieti. Gesù e Maria is the final resting-place of many members of the Bolgnetti family
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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