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The Prophet Isaiah

prophet isaiahSant'Agostino in Campo Marzio

Walking around Rome you can easily discover that the masterpieces in churches, courtyards and even in the little alleys just behind the corner, where you don't even expect them!


A church I do like is Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio, where there are beautiful paintings, decorations and a very nice surprise: a fresco that Raphael did for the protonotary apostolic Johan Goritz.

The aristocratic man heard of Raphael because he had just completed one of the decorations of the private apartments of the Pope in 1512, the room of the Signature, and he was famous in Rome for the wonderful job he did.

The protonotary commissioned the fresco and Raphael did it but he ask a lot of money for it that's the reason why it seems that Joahn Gortiz went to Michelangelo and complained, but even if Michelangelo and Raphael were competitors Michelangelo answered that the money he paid for were not enough, they should have been paid to paint only the Knee of the prophet!

This little gossip makes us understand that Michelangelo himself thought that Raphael did a masterpiece...or maybe he said that because the Prophet Isaia can be consider very close to his style: so muscles and masculine, he seems to be a sculpture.

This beautiful piece of art is located in the third pillars of the central nave of the church, in case you are around...have a look and let me know!

Address: Piazza di Sant'Agostino, 80
Open everyday from 7:30am-12:30 and from 4pm-6:30pm

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