Hidden away in the heart of Rome, a stone's throw from Trajan's Column, stands the 18th century church of Santa Maria del Carmine alle Tre Cannelle.
The facade, which was completed in 1750, is by Michelangelo Specchi (1684-1750). The monochrome fresco, above the entrance, depicts the Madonna and Child holding two scapulars. They are flanked by a pair of putti.
The church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, as the inscription on the facade proclaims: B MARIAE VIRGINI DE MONTE CARMELO.
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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