The vault ceiling in the Church of the Gesù in Rome

The central vault of the nave in the Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus – known as “Church of the Gesù” or just “the Gesù” –, in Rome, showcases the masterpiece of painter Giovan Battista Gaulli, also known as Baciccio, or Baciccia (1639-1709).

The fresco, titled “Triumph of the Name of Jesus”, is part of the work carried out by the Genoa-born artist in the mother church of the Society of Jesus between 1674 and 1679, after his introduction by Bernini.

Thus a visit to the church opens up to a surprising view of the ceiling: images are invested by the rays of light emitted from the central “Monogram of Christ”, and form an explosive interaction, highlighted by the skillful shading on the lower edge of the frame, with the wood and stucco figurative apparatus designed by Gaulli, and created by Antonio Raggi and Leonardo Reti.

A baroque wonder that will catch your imagination by surprise.

December 14, 2013

The vault ceiling in the Church of the Gesù in Rome

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