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The monument to the Beata (or Blessed) Ludovica Albertoni (1674) is in the specially designed Altieri Chapel in the church of San Francesco a Ripamarker in Trasteveremarker, Rome.The sculpture and its setting in the Chapel were designed by the Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

It was commissioned from Bernini by Cardinal Paluzzi degli Albertoni, who had taken the name Altieri after the elevation of a kinsman of his family by marriage, who became Pope Clement X (1670-76). It is not clear how much Bernini was paid. He was seventy one years old when he began the work, and it was one of his last sculptures. The white marble figure represents the nun Ludovica Albertoni, a distant relative of the Cardinal, on her deathbed; she died in 1533. She is portrayed as experiencing both mortal suffering and religious ecstasy, surrounded by putti, and waiting to rise to the Holy Spirit. A recessed side window to the left helps to illuminate the sculptural subject.

The altarpiece behind the sculpture is by Baciccio.

Ercole Ferrata's statue of the dying Saint Anastasia statue in the Basilica of Santa Anastasiamarker resembles Bernini's Beata Ludovica Albertoni.

References

  1. See Perlove, Shelley Karen. Bernini and the Idealisation of Death The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni and the Altieri Chapel, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990


  • Howard Hibbard, Bernini, Pelican 2971.



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