(b. ca 1680, Napoli, d. 1771, Roma)

Exterior view

Santa Maria della Quercia, Rome

The construction of Santa Maria della Quercia, the church of the butchers' guild of Rome, appears to have been sponsored by Benedict XIII. The church is named for a miraculous image housed at Viterbo in the care of the Dominicans and, as Dominican himself, Benedict seems to have taken a keen interest in the church. Although renovated, this church is a masterpiece of the style of the 1720s-1730s and is one of the few early 18th century churches in Rome built from the ground up and designed by a single person.

The picture shows the façade of the church.