I did this sketch of the Church of St. Agnese in Rome, Italy in 2005 while sitting in the piazza thinking, “This must be heaven.”
The Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone is a seventeenth century Baroque church in Rome. It sits along the edge of the Piazza Novona in Rome, one of the main urban spaces in the historic center of the city and the site where the Early Christian Saint Agnes was martyred in the ancient Stadium of Domitian.
The rebuilding of the church began in 1652 at the instigation of Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza and was adjacent to the site of the new church. The church was to be effectively a family chapel annexed to their residence.
One of Rome’s greatest public spaces, the piazza is the site of the ancient Circus Agonalis. The piazza’s linear, curved-end shape is formed by an almost unbroken perimeter of individual buildings rising from the pavement to modest height in silent agreement as to the nature of the public space they form.
Reference: A Proper Place by James Mccrery; First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, 2010
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