The Coat of Arms of Pope Urban VIII
Rome, unsurprisingly, is awash with papal coats of arms and my favourite example is to be found in Santa Maria in Aracoeli. It belongs to Pope Urban VIII (r. 1623-44) and crowns the counter-facade of the church.
An enormous stucco scroll supported by two angels bears an inscription, dated 1634, which extols the pope, who was a member of the Barberini family, hence the triad of bees.
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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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