Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso, Rome

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The Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso or the Oratory of the Most Holy Crucifix is a building in central Rome, Italy. Located next to the church of San Marcello al Corso, it served as a prayer hall and meeting house for the Confraternita del SS. Crocifisso. It is best known, like the Oratorio del Gonfalone, which shares the same artists, for its Mannerist decorations.The structure was built by Giacomo Della Porta in 1568, near the church of San Marcello, for the Confraternity of Crucifix, founded to venerate the Crucifix (crocefisso) from the nearby church. The confraternity was composed of some of the richest men in Rome, including the cardinals Ranuccio and Alessandro Farnese, nephews of the Pope. The theme of the interior decoration is the Triumph of the Cross. It employed Giovanni de' Vecchi, Cesare Nebbia, Niccolò Circignani, and Cristoforo Roncalli.It was also host of musical concerts, starting in 1639, when the first performances of fifteen musical oratorios by Giacomo Carissimi and Emilio de' Cavalieri occurred here.
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  • April 22, 2017
    The oratory was built by Giacomo della Porta around 1565 thanks to the financial support of the Cardinals Ranuccio and Alessandro Farnese into venue for meetings of the Confraternity of the most Holy Crucifix that she alone had truly limited resources. The façade of the oratory is two overlapping orders and the lower one is divided into three sections by pilasters while a staircase above the portal. The Interior has a single nave and its architectural simplicity has been the decorative richness of its walls. The frescoes covering them is centred on the theme of the cross and the story of her discovery while on the façade are represented episodes of the archconfraternity. Themes to represent two specialists of the time were elaborated such as Tommaso de ' Cavalieri and Girolamo Muziano who entrusted then the realization to major Mannerist painters in Rome such as Giovanni de ' Vecchi, Cesare Nebbia, Nicolò Circignani il Pomarancio said that it was the leading personality though with "a" different from each other. The three plus Balthasar cross, Cristoforo Roncalli and Paris Nogari. Limiting ourselves to the themes of the cross, the titles of the frescoes on the walls are from "St Helena does break down the idols" a "Miracle of the true cross" (right); from "duel between Khosrau and Heraclius ' per" Heraclius carrying the cross to Jerusalem "(left). All sandwiched by prophets and sybils. Returning to the title the cycle of frescoes has been called the most mature and in many ways a precursor of the style who would succeed him. That is, the current classical or Baroque in oriented towards naturalism. The importance of the oratory is not only linked to his frescoes but also to the popularity that has taken in the history of the evolution of music as it soon became a processing center of sacred music. So much so that is one of the two places where he was born, grew and was practiced, the shape of the oratory. the credit was of genes such as Giacomo Carissimi (other Oratory on the square was the Vallicelliana). Just to give a concrete example, the oratory was the precursor of Opera and opera music with other musicians such as Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, Alessandro Stradella and Alessandro Scarlatti who here worked. The oratory is truly a place to be discovered: pity that is two steps away from one of the main roads leading to the Trevi Fountain: a competition really fierce.
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  • November 10, 2016
    The frescoes are marvellous, done by a group of 16th-century late-renaissance manerist painters. Lovely.  more »
  • September 12, 2016
    Near the quirinale one can admire this small chapel with frescoes by Pomarancio and Nabbia. Very nice the exterior façade.
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  • A very special oratorio with wonderful Mannerist frescoes.
  • Just stunning little hide away
  • Unfortunately, the Congregation of the Holy crucifix, is slowly dying. It is not doing anything. I believe that we should resume the situation in hand. Start to revive truly the Holy Crucifix in Rome and the Romans. Many of them don't even know the importance of the Holy Crucifix that has for the city and citizens. May the Lord bless us.
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  • One of the corners, perhaps the pinnacle of late Roman Mannerism and real milestone in the history of music because it is the birthplace of the Musical form of the Oratorio. Built by Giacomo della Porta in 1558, was completely painted between 1578 and 1584 by Giovanni de Vecchi, Niccolò Circignani il Pomarancio and Cesare Nebbia said with the "history of the true cross," real transposition on the wall of speakers that were held inside, with the correct latterura to do in a clockwise direction. The counter-façade, instead, tells the story of the Oratorio itself by Baldassare Croce and Cesare Nebbia. An intense and intimate place, visited with calm and concentration, despite both in the heart of the tourist flow in central Rome. Warning in advance the nuns who run it is possible, though with a small group, to switch on the illumination supllementare to better read the stories. Super recommended.
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  • Near the quirinale one can admire this small chapel with frescoes by Pomarancio and Nabbia. Very nice the exterior façade.
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