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A Tale of Three Domes: The Un-Realized cupola of St Ignatius of Loyola in Roma

School of EAST Engineering, Art, Science and Technology, University of Suffolk, Ipswich IP4 1QJ, UK
Academic Editor: Thor J. Mednick
Arts 2022, 11(2), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts11020051
Received: 4 March 2022 / Revised: 21 March 2022 / Accepted: 24 March 2022 / Published: 7 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue A 10-Year Journey of Arts)
The church of St Ignatius of Loyola in Rome, together with the Church of the Gesù, represents the most significant artistic contribution of the Jesuits in the Eternal City. Incorporated in the broader context of the Roman College, and built between 1626 and 1650 following a project by Padre (Father) Orazio Grassi S.J., it is the only one of the great Roman churches without a dome. The projects for the helioscopic dome by Orazio Grassi, the Cortonesque dome by Armando Brasini and the perspective dome by Andrea Pozzo represent the difficult attempt to create a perfectly rational layout for Rome, an ideal scientific and theological city. These projects tell the story of three different ways of conceiving architectural space affecting the city: political manifesto, imaginative introspection and colossal scenography. This paper describes the history of an “impossible” dome, analysing the historical evolution of the project and its three potential authors, three magnificent and idealist designers. View Full-Text
Keywords: architecture; history of architecture; Baroque; Orazio Grassi; Andrea Pozzo; Armando Brasini; Piranesi; Rome; Ignazio; Ignatius; Jesuits architecture; history of architecture; Baroque; Orazio Grassi; Andrea Pozzo; Armando Brasini; Piranesi; Rome; Ignazio; Ignatius; Jesuits
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Spada, M. A Tale of Three Domes: The Un-Realized cupola of St Ignatius of Loyola in Roma. Arts 2022, 11, 51. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts11020051

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Spada, Marco. 2022. "A Tale of Three Domes: The Un-Realized cupola of St Ignatius of Loyola in Roma" Arts 11, no. 2: 51. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts11020051

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