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Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome

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The Oratorio del Gonfalone or Oratory of the Banner is a building in Central Rome which once housed a Catholic fraternity.Founded in 1264 under the name of the Accomandati di Madonna Santa Maria, over the centuries the group dedicated itself to various activities, including the participation in religious processions as banner carriers (wearing white gowns with peaked blue hoods), and also of putting on a yearly passion play. They also were involved in charity towards the poor and needy, and during 1581–1765, of freeing Italians enslaved in Muslim and Slavic lands. The fraternity was awarded the Golden Rose in 1526 by Clement VII, and given by Julius III in 1550 the prerogative to pardon one individual. In 1890, the fraternity was dissolved and its property confiscated by the state.The building on Via del Gonfalone 32a (near corner of Via Giulia and Vicolo della Scimmia) has a modest façade (designed by Domenico Castelli) resembling a simple church. Inside, a team of prominent Mannerist painters were recruited between 1569–1576 to complete elaborate wall fresco decoration of scenes of the passion. Artists included Giacomo Zanguidi (il Bertoia) (Entry of Christ to Jerusalem); Livio Agresti (Last Supper); Marco Pino (Crown of Thorns), Marcantonio dal Forno; Federico Zuccari (Flagellation of Christ); Raffaellino Motta da Reggio (Christ before Pontius Pilate and Prophet and Sibyls); and Cesare Nebbia (Crown of Thorns and Ecce Homo). The main altarpiece is painted by Roviale Spagnolo. The site has been called the Sistine chapel of Mannerism. The Passion panels are flanked by quadratura spiral columns (said to have been of the type found in the Temple of Solomon) and surmounted by images of prophets and sybils. The restored frescoes are vivid in coloration.
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  • I couldn't go to the concert, so I just looked at the front. It is located on the site of the Church of St. Lucia in the mid-16th century. Cycle paintings of Christ's Passion by mannerism painters such as Federico Tuccari cover the interior. The ceiling of the wood carving seems to be beautiful, too.
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  • A friend told us about this little-known place. We went with our two boys aged 17 and 14, taking advantage of the morning occasion of a guided tour, among other things enriched by a fitting, light, interlude of baroque music. Thanks also to the explanations of an excellent scholar, very clear and engaging, the children were also fascinated by the history of the place and the frescoes with the history of the Passion of Christ, masterpiece of Roman mannerism. It is also the location where some scenes from "The Young Pope" were filmed. Rome offers endless wonders, but this one deserves a mention for those who, Roman or tourist, want to escape a bit from the ordinary.
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  • Overlooking one of the most interesting streets in Rome's old town, the interior houses precious paintings depicting the stories of Christ's passion, a series of 12 frescoes by the main exponents of Roman Mannerism.
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