Mary Magdalene is considered by the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches to be a saint. She was from the town of Magdala, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Her feast day is July 22nd.
The rococo concave facade was designed by Giuseppe Sardi and has two orders.
The 16th century icon on the altar is “Our Lady, Health of the Sick”.
Michelangelo Cerruti’s frescoes in the vault depict episodes in the life of St. Mary Magdalene.
The painting on the altar is “St. Francis de Paola Raises a Dead Child” by Biagio Puccini (1720).
The second order has a window in the center with a red cross, this is the symbol of the Camillians. In the left niche, there is a statue of St. Mary Magdalene and in the right niche, there is a statue of Saint Martha. These statues were done by Joseph Canard.
Saint Camillus lived in the adjoining monastery and died on July 14, 1614. The reliquary on the altar’s left has the saint’s heart.
The church has an extraordinary 18th century organ loft. The gilded carved wood depicts angela and allegorical figures in contrasting stucco. Charity is on the left, Hope sits on the balustrade, faith and Religion are on the upper level.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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