Thursday, December 11, 2008
Advent Calendar: Roman Door 11
An unrestored door of Palazzo Barbarini. The Barbarini family was one of the great families who built Rome. The palazzo was commisioned in 1623 by Maffeo Bararini who was Pope Urban VIII. Carlo Moderno was the original architect, but because of his death in 1628, the project was completed by Borromini, with Bernini designing the facade.
There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. - And lo! the angel of the Lord cam upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. - And the angel said unto the, Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people; for unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
From Handel's Messiah: Part I