Santa Maria della Quercia
The photograph of the sumptuous interior shows the high altar (right) and the left
altar (left). Filippo Raguzzini designed the interior in the late 1720s, but its present appearance is from a restoration undertaken
The painting of the right altar depicts The Baptism of Christ
, and is attributed to Pietro Barbieri. We see John the
Baptist, vested in a red cloak, in the act of baptizing Jesus Christ, who is partly immersed in the river Jordan. An angel holds
the blue mantle of Jesus.
The left altar has a painting of The Crucifixion
by Filippo Evangelisti or Marco Benefial. Behind the crucified Jesus
Christ, John, with out-stretched arms, is expressing his despair. To the left the Virgin Mary has fainted into the arms of Mary
Magdalene. To the right, behind the Cross, we see a thundery sky with dark clouds.
The 18th century cantory