It is worth visiting the church of San Girolamo della Carità (1654-60) just to see the spectacular Cappella Spada, a real gem of the Roman Baroque.
Traditionally ascribed to Francesco Borromini, the Spada chapel is separated from the nave not by a balustrade but by a pair of marble angels (the work of Antonio Giorgetti), which hold between them a 'cloth' made of jasper. The wings of the angel on the right are wooden and can be moved aside (by means of a hinge) to give access to the chapel.
Two members of the Spada family recline on either side of the chapel; Bernardino Lorenzo Spada (left) is by Ercole Ferrata, while Giovanni Spada is by Cosimo Fancelli.
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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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