Church Santi Luca e Martina
Santi Luca e Martina is a church in Rome, Italy, situated between the Roman Forum and the Forum of Caesar and close to the Arch of Septimus Severus.
The plan of the upper church is almost a Greek cross with nearly equal arms and the centre is crowned by the dome. Large Ionic columns, supporting a large entablature, cluster around the crossing and populate the wall spaces of the apsidal transepts, choir and nave. The windows in the apsidal vaults are each surmounted by a split pediment with a head in a scallop shell with octagonal coffering above, motifs which Cortona used in his fresco painting. However, apart from the altarpieces, the interior is white stucco; a surprising design decision for a church dedicated to the patron saint of painting (St. Luke), built for the painting academy in Rome and by a painter who had decorated some of the most opulent church vaults in Rome such as Santa Maria in Vallicella. The interior dome decoration has been attributed to Cortona's pupil and collaborator, Ciro Ferri; ribs and coffering are combined as they are at Santa Maria della Pace but here the forms of the coffering are far more fluid and almost shimmer with movement.
Two stairways from the upper church lead down to the lower church that has a corridor connecting to an octagonal chapel directly below the dome of the upper church and the chapel of Santa Martina below the high altar. A circular opening in the vault of the octagonal chapel allows a view through up to the dome of the upper church. In contrast to the white spatial expansiveness of the upper church, the lower church, and particularly the chapel of Santa Martina, is richly decorated with colour, marbles, gilt bronze and has relatively low vaults. In the Chapel of Santa Martina, the Ionic columns in the corners have been placed on the diagonal, reminiscent of Michelangelo's design of the Sforza Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore, and so setting up oblique as well as orthoganal tensions in this chapel centred on the altar to S. Martina.
The gentle curvature of the facade is contained by a double storey of paired pilasters The columns of the ground storey are pressed into the wall rather than projecting as a spatial entity like the entrance portico at Santa Maria della Pace. Other elements such as pediments and mouldings are allowed to project between the columns to create spatial tensions which are reminiscent of Florentine Mannerism. In the upper church, the main altarpiece Saint Luke painting the Madonna was painted by Antiveduto Grammatica, and is a copy of the original attributed to Raphael found now in art collection of the Accademia. Below this is a white marble statue of the martyred S. Martina by Nicolo Menghini. In the left transept is an Assumption and Saint Sebastian by Sebastiano Conca, and in the right transept is the Martyrdom of San Lazzaro by Lazzaro Baldi who is buried here. Inside the main entrance door to the upper shurch, a stone slab marks Cortona's burial place (died 1669) and there is a wall memorial with a bust of Cortona by Bernrdo Fioiti in the lower church.
The sculptures of the Evangelists in the pendentives of the dome are 18th-century additions sculpted by Filippo della Valle, Camillo Rusconi, and Giovanni Battista Maini. To the right of the entrance is the monument to Carlo Pio Balestra (1776) by Tommaso Righi and a Monument to Giovanna Garzoni by Mattia De Rossi.
In the sacristy is a relief of the Ecstasy of St Mary Magdalene by Alessandro Algardi.
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carlo62 (19513) 2013-10-19 14:33
stasera siamo vicini, con due foto tutte "italiane".
Ricordo molto bene questa chiesa, anche perchè ha il nome di entrambi i miei figli.
Ottimo punto di vista, con queste magnifiche colonne che con la loro verticalità si contrappongono alla composizione orizzontale.
lousat (64295) 2013-10-19 14:59
Ciao Romano,non si bada a spese quanto a oggetti e dettagli da osservare,una foto ricchissima con ottima qualita' dalla testa ai piedi,luce diagonale che perfeziona l'effetto 3D.Buona Domenica,Luciano
mirosu (8216) 2013-10-19 19:00
Excellent photo, superb note. Thank you. As I see it is time for me to come back to Rome. Beautiful, most challenging city.
I love this photo taken from excellent high angle POV.
The perfectly lighted church is the main focal point of this photo. There is a great use of well balanced colors and superb light. The excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong.
Well done my friend.
PaulVDV (17333) 2013-10-19 19:59
A brilliant picture of the Forum including the Santi Luca e Martina Church, an excellent postcard with the capability to convince people to visit Roma.
The picture is well detailed and let us discover so much of the Forum.
Excellent choice of the high POV.
Very well composed. Attractive colours.
Best regards, Paul
Corry (1547) 2013-10-19 20:54
Superbe point de vue sur cette partie du Forum Romain avec l'Arc de Septime Sévère et l'église Santi Luca e Martina entourés de colonnes antiques. Très belle composition et très bonne netteté. Salutations.
Nicou (105947) 2013-10-19 21:07
quelle vue sur ce fameux forume sueprbe avec le colonnes et toute ces vestiges, et les visiteurs cette coupole qui ressort on ne sait plus ou regarder tellement il y a des éléments, splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Periko (1401) 2013-10-19 21:07
An always interesting place for taking photos. I liked the arch of Septimus Severus and the temple of Saturn.
Good point of view and good light.
HimalAnda (6950) 2013-10-19 23:24
I like this point of view which show us a lot of things to see. The composition is good, the colors and the sky beautiful.
krzychu30 (12777) 2013-10-20 0:16
more "classical" composition of Forum Romanum,but your exquisite execution makes the shot really spectacular.Starting with this lovely light,through your POV,till inclusion of the people,which give here excellent sense of scale.Everything is well considered and quality of the image is outstanding.
Have a nice sunday
macjake (45588) 2013-10-20 0:54
another sweet shot from the heart of Rome.
and this time you got some excellent weather to help out a bit.
can you imagine how this would have looked at its peak prime many years ago! wow.
lovely light, depth, colors, and of course the subject is fantastic for photos.
nice shot all around, as it shows the easy nature of the tourists making their way through
snunney (72796) 2013-10-20 2:52
A well composed image with the ancient columns making an excellent frame for the domed church; whilst the path guides the viewer toward the focal point. Good choice of the vertical format to provide a strong well balanced composition. Top class technical presentation.
timecapturer (37200) 2013-10-20 3:32
classical Roma imagery this, full of iconic elements and glorious detailing. The light and depth in this image are perfect at giving us a sense of scale and architectural beauty. A wander in wonder!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
siudzi (27779) 2013-10-20 3:47
Love this view on the Roman Forum! We can admire so many fantastic ruins here and the church located in the background. The achieved level of details and sharpness is excellent and made the composition perfectly. Very well done! Superb work! TFS.
Have a nice day!
SWEETFREEDOM (19936) 2013-10-20 5:10
grande p.o.v. ed ottimi colori e luce come sempre. Penso che solo a Roma sia possibile avere tanti edifici interessanti in uno stesso scatto.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-10-20 5:24
I love viewing your gallery, iand it makes me realise that there are few places in the world as rich in history, and with such a built legacy to prove it too. We can step back in time by crossing a road, and step generations by looking from one side of a scene to another. This is a beautiful presentation of these historic buildings, a perfect composition and each building piercing that striking blue sky which appears almost like a painting. Thanks as always
SnapRJW (23724) 2013-10-20 5:55
Hello Romano - A super shot where the figures add brilliantly to the feeling of grandeur and scale. The ruins still have the look of majesty one can only imagine how magnificent they were originally. A shot brimming with interest and well-captured detail under favourable light. Top class shot. Warm regards Rosemary
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-10-20 10:27
What a striking image and the impact rendered of this Roman ruins and my eye is immediately dragged all over the place at the same time. The prominents' natural colour and blue really blend so well together, pin sharp and mass of detail. A picture with great depth and perspective expertly composed in excellent rich tones and all the right elements are here to transform this into a grand image. An awesome shot of a historic site well taken, Congrats.
holmertz (31380) 2013-10-20 10:49
This is a very well handled composition. All columns, buildings and vaults balance each other superbly, the colours are strong and vivid and the people add life and a sense of dimensions. The Roman Forum could hardly look better.
ricardomattos (3532) 2013-10-20 14:53
A very nice view of this historical place. Very good sharpness and colors.
Indrasish (2351) 2013-10-20 23:52
Excellent shot here.. i like the wonderful composition.. Wonderful Old architectures.. Also excellent light management and superb image quality too.. Also we can see the nice colors.. In a word Beautiful Photo.. Very well done my friend.. And thanks for your interesting note too..
Good afternoon and best wishes from Kolkata, India..
gervaso (9247) 2013-10-21 4:20
Very nice view of the ruins, from a great POV and with excellent colors and sharpness! The people down there are a great scale to the image! Wonderful composition! Very good job!
Cricri (92267) 2013-10-21 23:07
Un POV qui donne une vue très intéressante sur ce site ancien, bonne lumière, très belle présentation
mkamionka (27115) 2013-10-22 6:26
Rome is such a beautiful city that it can never get boring. I remember well this POV. Great composition with the ruins on both sides well framing the church in the very centre. Tiny people allow to imagine the impressive scale of this place! Great side light and lovely sky.
Silvio1953 (105653) 2013-10-22 6:50
Ciao Romano, gran bella inquadratura del foro Romano che valorizza la piacevole facciata della chiesa dei santi Luca e Martina, magnifico il cielo di Roma, bravo, ciao Silvio
amaryllis (32065) 2013-10-22 6:50
ton cadrage est excellent en carré pour nous montrer ce forum romain de Rome; une architecture remarquable, une lumière satisfaisante; ces colonnes sont gigantesques
merci de ce partage
ourania (18738) 2013-10-23 9:58
una vista bellissima e gratificante. Il tuo punto di vista ben scelto ti ha permesso di riempire il quadro di interesse e di sistemare le varie strutture antiche ottimamente. La combinazione e l' interazione fra di loro e' magnifica. Hai ottenuto una profondita' notevole, i dettagli sono chiarissimi e tutti interessanti. Mi piacciono moltissimo i colori vivaci e deliziosi che condividono la loro brillantezza con le tonalita' austeri di ruine ed edifizi. L' equilibrio fra luce ed ombra e' superbo. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
clic (12467) 2013-10-23 13:48
I have the impression of a 'stéréoscopic view' taken with a modern twin-lenses camera, given the outstanding depth convied by the ruins at foreground, compared to the younger distant buildings!
Much informative historic "package deal" portrayed with high-resolution details for lavish profound knowledge of the ancient world.
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-10-25 8:34
I recognise this spot. I went up the hill here twice. Once in the evening and again the next day in the morning and took a few similar shots. Good sharpness and nice framing of the bg church with its dome. The victory arch makes a good focal point and the people add scale. Tfs!
Miguel82 (14530) 2013-10-26 4:32
This is a magnificent capture of ruins, ancient columns and monuments of Rome city, high resolution, nice colors and framing, excellent light, some tourists are visting that point of interest, in the left bg the new architecture style, all the best, have a good saturday
adores (30855) 2013-10-29 15:47
So much history here! I really like this composition with the church and the ruins around. The people add a lot and colours are great! You found the perfect pov for this shot! - Well done!
francio64 (38254) 2013-11-03 10:57
bella immagine di Roma antica, in un ottimo formato quadrato.
Ottima la nitidezza.