0238 "Belonging of right to our English nation". The Oratory of Domine Quo Vadis, Reginald Pole, and the English Hospice in Rome

  • Andrea Bacciolo (Author)

    Andrea Bacciolo earned his Master’s degree in Art History and Conservation of the Artistic Heritage from the University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari. He was a predoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome from 2012 to 2014 (Minerva Research Group – Roma Communis Patria). Between 2014 and 2015 he held grants from the Lemmermann Foundation and the Österreichisches Historisches Institut, Rome. Currently, he is a guest scholar at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte. His main research interests include urban spaces and the representation of power in Early Modern Rome, English and Irish national churches and colleges in Rome, and the material diplomacy between Rome and the British Isles during the Baroque Age.

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Located in Rome, at the Appian Way, the oratory of Domine Quo Vadis is a circular domed building that has heretofore been dated to Julius III's pontificate (1550–1555) and associated with Cardinal Reginald Pole's patronage. In addition to confirming the role of Reginald Pole, new documentary evidence proves both an earlier date of construction and the involvement in the works of the English Hospice as financial contributor. Considering the cultural and political climate, the Anglo-Roman relations, and the institutional background, this article deals with the oratory as a materialization of the emerging identity of English Catholics in Rome.


Reginald Pole, Domine Quo Vadis in Rome, Venerable English College in Rome, English Catholics, Charles V, Gregory XIII, national church