Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi

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Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi information

Location
Rome , Italy
Address
Piazza di San Luigi dei Francesi
Getting there
Bus: Corso del Rinascimento
Opening hours
10am-12.30pm & 3-7pm, closed Thu afternoon
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Church to Rome’s French community since 1589, this art-rich baroque bonanza boasts no less than three canvases by Caravaggio: La Vocazione di San Matteo (The Calling of Saint Matthew), Il Martiro di San Matteo (The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew) and San Matteo e l’Angelo (Saint Matthew and the Angel), together known as the St Matthew cycle.

These were among Caravaggio’s earliest religious works, painted between 1600 and 1602, but they are inescapably his, featuring down-to-earth realism and stunning use of chiaroscuro (a three-dimensional effect created with contrasting highlights and dark shading).

Before you leave the church, take a moment to enjoy Domenichino’s colourful 17th-century frescoes of St Cecilia in the second chapel on the right.