The church of Sant' Andrea della Valle was begun in 1591 for the Order of the Theatines, which was founded in 1524 by Giampietro Carafa, who later became Pope Paul IV (r. 1555-59).
The initial architects were Giacomo della Porta and Pier Paolo Olivieri. Work was later carried out by Carlo Maderno, who added the fine dome, the second highest in the city.
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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