BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)

Interior view

Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Rome

The very clear emphasis on the vertical axis to the Via Pia is continued in the interior of the church. Opposite the doorway, Bernini sets the second, internal façade, centring on the altar and an image of martyrdom. This image is emphasized by the plasticity of representation, the use only here of the double column motif, and the oversized tympanum.

Here we see the representation of martyrdom by Guillaume Courtois which, supported by stucco angels, is set out for the observer just like a theatrical scene.