St. Peter’s Basilica is a monument to the disciple Peter whom Christ declared the rock upon which he would build the Church. The Vatican has long held that Peter was buried under the Basilica, and Pope Urban VIII commissioned the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the seventeenth century to design a structure that would be placed over the tomb of St. Peter. Bernini’s designs incorporated giant Solomonic columns inspired by columns that ringed the altar of the Old St. Peter’s.
Current Location:In Storage
- Piranesi’s Views of Rome, curated by Madeleine Viljoen, La Salle University Art Museum, June 22-September 1, 2007.
- Piranesi’s Roman Basilicas: A Virtual Pilgrimage, La Salle University Art Museum, November 22, 1999 – January 30, 2000.
Dimensions: 21 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (54 x 75.6 cm)
Dimensions: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
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