sant’agostino church {rome} coral stone inlay pendant

Sant'Agostino Church pendant in sterling silver and coral stone inlay, Naomi Muirhead (art925), 2015
Sant’Agostino Church pendant in sterling silver and coral inlay, Naomi Muirhead (art925), 2015
Basilica of Sant'Agostino, Rome
Basilica of Sant’Agostino, Rome

The Basilica of Sant’Agostino is a Roman Catholic church near Piazza Navona, in the rione Sant’Eustachio, in Rome, Italy. It is one of the first Roman churches built during the Renaissance. The façade was built in 1483 by Giacomo di Pietrasanta, from a design by Leon Battista Alberti, using travertine said to have been taken from ruins of the Colosseum.

The floor plan is based on a Latin cross. Inside the church are works by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Sansovino. The most famous work of art there is the Madonna di Loreto, an important Baroque painting by Caravaggio.

Pendant before stone inlay, pencil rubbing
Pendant before stone inlay, pencil rubbing

Another stone inlay pendant in my architectural floor plan series of fortresses, castles, villas, and churches in Italy, this one is of Sant’Agostino. The structural details of the plan, found in a vintage Italian travel guide, were all hand pierced and sawed to create a frame for the crushed stone, in this case coral. Measuring 36x52mm, it can be a pendant or a brooch and various stones can be inlaid.

Sant'Agostino Church pendant in sterling silver and coral stone inlay, Naomi Muirhead (art925), 2015
Sant’Agostino Church pendant in sterling silver and coral inlay, Naomi Muirhead (art925), 2015
An inverted image of the pendant
An inverted image of the pendant
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