Towards the end of the 15th century an exquisitely carved coffered wooden ceiling was erected in the nave of Santa Maria Maggiore. It would be the first of many such ceilings to be installed in the churches of Rome.
The gilded ceiling bears the coat of arms of the Borgia pope Alexander VI (r. 1492-1503). The gold was presented by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Below are some examples of other impressive coffered ceilings in Roman churches.
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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