Sunday, November 15, 2009

San Francesco Saverio

San Francesco Saverio chapel, Courthouse, LivornoA friend let me have a look at this room inside the “Palazzo di Giustizia” (Courthouse) of Livorno. Some restoration works are still going on and it will be probably used as a conference room.San Francesco Saverio chapel, Courthouse, LivornoThis was the Chapel of Saint Francis Xavier when these buildings were owned by the Company of Jesus. It was opened in 1707 and was used until 1773, when the Order was suppressed.San Francesco Saverio chapel, Courthouse, LivornoThere was an external entrance from “Via della Madonna”, which is just outside the windows on the right side of the room.

28 comments:

Stine in Ontario said...

This is worth restoring, for sure! Is that gold leaf or a fancy paint made to look like gold? Is this being paid for by city taxes or a private company?

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautifully ornate. It should be perfect for a courthouse; from a house of religion to a house of law.

Ellie Vellie said...

This images are pretty like cameo necklace. Jewelry! Me like it!

Jacob said...

I dunno...looks quite beautiful, but I find it rather depressing, too. Certainly wouldn't want to conduct a business meeting there...

Might be a Jesuit hanging around somewhere...

Unseen Rajasthan said...

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Mathieu Grenet said...

Bellissimo !

Per Stromsjo said...

I like the way the decorations seamlessly continue up unto the ceiling.

cieldequimper said...

Wow! C'est sublime. I wish our courts were that beautiful (though some are)!

brattcat said...

I'd find it difficult to concentrate at first if I were to have a conference in such surroundings. It would be hard to do anything but gaze in wonder at my environment. But perhaps, after it all become familiar, working in such a place would be inspired and inspiring.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! What a gorgeous room! Very fancy and special.

Hilda said...

What an amazing room! Painted relief? I've seen one or the other but never both yet. Fantastic.

I hope I remember to email the Jesuits in school tomorrow about this, especially the art historian.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I love a good religious pause on Sunday! this room looks divine!

Gunn White said...

Many nice details. You are really living in a city with so much history and well maintained art!

amatamari© said...

And if there is no justice on earth ...
look toward the sky ...
:-)


Wonderful series!

Leif Hagen said...

Could we play cards in there with a few beers? Ha!

tapirgal said...

It's a beautiful room, and I'm glad you got a chance to see and post it. Some restoration necessary, yes. You're making me laugh on two counts. For one, the lady in the oval seems to have half of a pig's face. I'm sure that can be corrected with paint!

tapirgal said...

Oh yes. I also love the grainy quality of the photo in the middle. It may be due to low light, but for whatever reason, it's very artistic. It goes well with the subject.

Kate said...

Wonderful decorative art in a room that has a serene quality about it. Come visit my blog today to see some photos of a popular American writer. It's a "one-day stand" 'til I return later on a permanent basis to blogging.

Rob and Mandy said...

I've never been inside a court room, but I wouldn't going inside this one. Just for a visit though.

Tinsie said...

WOW! That will be one hell of a conference room when it's finished :-)

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A very fancy courtroom indeed - I should imagine many of the miscreants would be suitably bowed.
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James said...

Wow. You are very fortunate to get these pictures and we are fortunate that you posted them.

White Oleander said...

I like the nice golden detail above the entrance...a little more colour would be nice.

Ilse said...

Just love the details!

Andreea said...

What a beautiful room. The lucky people coming here for conferences will have a hard time concentrating. They eyes would be at the walls.

Wolynski said...

What a gorgeous setting - it's nice to have nice interiors. Even the tiles on the floor are interesting.

Cezar and Léia said...

Thank you so much for showing this beautiful chapel!I loved all details, even the window is well decorated, it's amazing!
Léia :)

JM said...

This is fantastic!!! Glad they are taking good care of this place.