During the Renaissance in Italy, the Pontifical State, one of the most powerful States at the time, used Art and Beauty to attract and keep believers, as well as to show its power and wealth.
Therefore, Rome, the very center of Christianity, after the fall of the Roman Empire and the dark centuries that closed the first millennium, saw the flourishing of churches beautified by the work of great artists. Towards the sixteenth Century, Rome becomes also the capital of Baroque art. The church of Sant'Andrea della Valle is a perfect example of this extremely rich and overly visual Art.
It was built between 1590 and 1650 by Giacomo della Porta, Francesco Grimaldi, and Carlo Maderno, at the behest of Cardinal Alessandro Peretti, nephew of Sixtus V. The interior of the church is with a Latin cross plan with a profusion of ornaments and decorations and it represents the culmination of the Baroque style in Rome. The dome of Maderno is the third highest in Rome, after that of Saint Peter in the Vatican and that of Saints Peter and Paul.
The photo was taken during my photography workshop "Rome, Churches, Angels and Art Photo Tour", and portrays the frescos on the Dome of the church.