Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza--page 3 (of three pages)

1642-50; decoration continued until 1660


Views of the dome--above and on this row

The heraldic symbol alternating with Alexander II's mountains and star refers to Pope Innocent X--the three lilies (also a symbol of purity). See the website of Roberto Piperno on Rome as well as Christian symbolism).

Niche with coffering in the wall

Perspective alterations in the coffering give the illusion of greater depth.

Papal symbolism on the entablature


Alexander VII's heraldic star and wreathe on the unique capitals

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See also San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane by Borromini.

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