BORROMINI, Francesco
(b. 1599, Bissone, d. 1667, Roma)

Interior view

Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori, Rome

The church of Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori is one of Borromini's lesser ecclesiastical works. The church lies at right angles to the façade, and it is erected over simple rectangular plans with bevelled corners. It was begun in 1642 and left unfinished in 1646. The interior is articulated by an imposing sequence of columns arranged in triads between the larger intervals of the two main axes, which are bridged by arches rising from the uninterrupted cornice.

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