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Il Gesu

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 | 8 comments

How can you look at this and not just sigh with delight? While the facade Il Gesu is equally important, and helped set the standard for Baroque church architecture, it’s really the interior ceiling facade by “Il Baciccio” that make the place. His work is a prime example of high Baroque, Counter-Reformation exuberance that becomes the standard of the time, just think of the later Jesuit church Sant’ Ignazio, as one other example. The ceiling blends the lines between ceiling and architecture, with painted boards coming down to extend the fresco beyond its limits and down into the stucco work. In the center of the church they’ve helpfully placed a long mirror, so that one can admire the piece without craning their neck too much. And, as will all churches in Rome, it’s free!

Il Gesù
Via del Plebiscito


  1. Imagine working up there painting it!

  2. this is breathtakingly beautiful. I know I'm a dork, but if I saw this in person, I MIGHT have cried.

  3. Great picture, Jessica. And it is "breathtakingly beautiful" in person too.

  4. I love your blog and your beautiful photos. Thank you for taking me back to Rome, my favorite place in the world.

  5. I have heard so much of this church because I work in a Jesuit university, but I've only seen photos of the exterior. It's magnificent!

    Thank you, Jessica.

  6. I just recently came across your blog and I love all your pictures! I'm working towards making the move to Rome myself and will hopefully be there in about a year or so. Until then I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

  7. Tink – Not silly at all!

    Anon – Thanks so much!

    Hilda – Really? Wow….glad I could introduce it to you.

    Becca – Welcome to the blog…glad you like it and I hope it gives you some insight into Rome before you get here.

  8. I LOVE the staring at the ceiling of the Gesu'. This is such a beautiful photo. I have never been able to get a photo like this due to my lack of skill and lack of camera 🙂 However, I have spent ample amounts of time looking at that mirror they have on floor.

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