0239 La chiesa dei Ss. Faustino e Giovita dei Bresciani a Roma

  • Giuseppe Bonaccorso (Author)

    Giuseppe Bonaccorso is Associate Professor in the History of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Design, University of Camerino. He holds a PhD from IUAV, Italy and he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Padua and fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana. His studies focus on the Italian Baroque and on contemporary architecture, especially on German and Italian relations in 20th-century architecture. His publications include Gustavo Giovannoni. Dal capitello alla città (with G. Zucconi, Milan 1997), I Virtuosi al Pantheon: 1700–1758 (with T. Manfredi, Rome 1998), Studi sui Fontana. Una dinastia di architetti ticinesi a Roma tra ’500 e ’700 (ed. with M. Fagiolo, Rome 2008), Carlo Fontana 1638–1714. Celebrato architetto (ed. with F. Moschini, Rome 2017), and Gustavo Giovannoni e l’architetto integrale (ed. with F. Moschini, Rome 2019).

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The church of Ss. Faustino and Giovita in Rome was built by the Brescian confraternity in 1575, after they obtained the necessary papal permit for an intervention within the ruins of an unfinished palace of justice (palazzo dei Tribunali) by Donato Bramante. This space played an important role in Rome’s public life, as during the sixteenth century theatrical productions were staged within its walls and one of the first Tiber traghetto dockings was situated nearby. The Brescian community also established a national hospice within the ruins, which was demolished, together with their church, during the late nineteenth-century rebuilding of the Tiber banks. This paper investigates the notion of identity of the Brescian "Nation" (the city of Brescia being ruled by the Republic of Venice, which itself was represented in Rome through different buildings and institutions). It focuses on the activity of Carlo Fontana, the official architect of both the Serenissima and the Brescian confraternity, who designed the new façade of the church of Ss. Faustino and Giovita, as well as many new features of the Venetian embassy in Rome, now known as Palazzo Venezia. Fontana also designed projects in Brescia and neighbouring towns such as Bergamo and Como, as well as different projects in the Veneto, which will be explored here from a comparative perspective.


Rome, Ss. Faustino e Giovita dei Bresciani, Sant'Anna dei Bresciani, Compagnia dei Bresciani, Palazzo dei Tribunali, Bramante, Domenico Fontana, Carlo Fontana, national church, foreign community