The extravagantly ornate Cappella Rospigliosi-Pallavicini, in the church of San Francesco a Ripa, is Baroque at its very best. Designed by Nicola Michetti (1675-1758) and Ludovico Rusconi Sassi (1678-1736), and dedicated to the Spanish saint Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562), the chapel was completed in 1713.
The funerary monuments on the side walls were designed by Michetti and the sculptures are the work of Giuseppe Mazzuoli (1644-1725). The one on the left is to Lazzaro and Stefano Pallavicini, with allegories of Fortitude and Justice, while the one on the right is to Maria Camilla and Giovanni Battista Rospigliosi, with allegories of Charity and Prudence. The bronze skeletons are by Michele Garofolino.
The altarpiece is by Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari and depicts St Peter of Alcantara and St Paschal Baylon.
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