The Appian Way was lined by fabulous villas, like those of the brothers Quintilii or the emperor Maxentius, and extensive propertiesbeautiful Mausoleums. During the Middle Ages, many of its monuments were transformed into fortresses
Surrounded by woods and far away from main roads, “La Scarzuola” is one of those magic places hidden in the Umbrian countryside, the land that gave birth to many of the medieval saints.
Caravaggio's interest focuses on the pilgrims' relationship to this peculiar Virgin, that he presents as the embodiment of the pilgrimage itself. Once again, Caravaggio invented an iconography corresponding to a less conventional faith and able to speak to everyone
It is only given to great souls and minds to get in touch without losing oneselves with such an incandescent reality, to draw out of its enchanted poetry, the subtle quality of a beauty that comes out of ugliness and desperation.
A less known church, as off the touristy beaten tracks, hidden behind one of the most charming and therefore most visited squares in Rome, Piazza Navona.