Altare nella Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano

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Altare nella Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano


Altar in the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano


As we said in the table LXV intend to repeat here, about the conduct of this elegant altar: that the author is something that is unknown and that it is the work of beautiful and exquisite work, both for the invention of the ornaments, which for the proportion of 'members.
Is seen in the Basilica of St. John leaned over the door of the chapel of the ancient family Massimi, noble architecture by Giacomo della Porta. The holy place in the middle of the recess formed between the cross-pillar is the figure of St. James Major, who holds the drone with his right hand or stick (viatorio) from which hangs a shell and a diaper, and has a book in his left hand close to his chest, and with whom he also holds a piece of the rich pallium that descends from the humerus I miss and wraps around with a nice party folds. The whole work is something very gentle and pure you pe 'that adorned her for the correctness of' his (modani), which prayers you do notice it more 'four, cute pilasters ending in many capitals of composite order and very vague to see. The beautiful cornice that rests above these, (comechè) original (estita) not, must not occur for what I imagined, but it is the result of my research. Because finding a day in the cloister of the basilica, in the last one of 'its corners a small fragment of the entablature, whose frieze was decorated with garlands woven with bells, and each of them contained a shell in the middle. Built soul I doubt this was not the cornice of 'altar, I wanted to measure the proportions and examine thoroughly the parties. In seeing that everything between them was answered exactly easy to convince me of the truth of the fact, and seeing me more convinced that ran from the similarity between the shells of the 'one to one that is suspended from the drone of S. James, I said so much that was the thing, and I wanted to add it to 'work to make something pleasing to the artists.


Drawn by Francesco M. Tosi


Presso l'Editore Proprietario


15th and 16th Century Sculpture


Unknown Donor


Geneseo Foundation


Volumes 1, 2, 4, and 5


20 x 16






Italian Monuments in Rome created during the 15th and 16th Century


Prints were made circa 1835 to 1860




Drawn by Francesco M. Tosi , “Altare nella Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano,” LLB Galleries, accessed August 8, 2020,