Piazza della Bocca della Verita, Rome, with the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Bears monogram FRB
and date 1854 on the column base (lr)
Oil on canvas laid to board
20 1/4 x 25 inches (51.3 x 63.5 cm)
This view shows the church with the baroque facade carrying the arms of Pope Clement XI added by Giusepe Sardi in 1718. This was removed in the restorations begun in 1894 by Pope Leo XIII. In the northern end of portico rests the famous Bocca della Verita, an ancient relief featuring a face, whose mouth was long believed to close over and sever the hand of anyone who placed it there and swore falsely.
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