The two monumental, matching altars in the church of Sant' Ignazio di Loyola are dedicated to St Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-91) and St John Berchmans (1599-1621), two Jesuit saints who both died in their early twenties.
The altars were designed by Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709), the Jesuit lay-brother who painted the glorious ceiling fresco in the nave of the church. The enormous helical columns are carved from verde antico, a dark green marble quarried in Greece.
The altar in the right transept is dedicated to St Aloysius Gonzaga and the marble bas-relief (1698), depicting the apotheosis of the saint, is the work of the French sculptor Pierre Legros the Younger (1666-1719).
The altar in the left transept is dedicated to St John Berchmans. The marble bas-relief of the Annunciation is by the Florentine sculptor Filippo della Valle (1698-1768).
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