Studies depicting the Triumph of
Faith and History of local Saints - oil on canvas (1787) painted by the Roman artist
Ermanegildo Costantini (1731-1791) for the ceiling of the transept of the Cathedral Church of St. Florido and St. Amanzio.
Of the two pictures one incorporates a piece of writing by Giuseppe Crosti, brother of Filippo who was the assistant of Costantni and who died beneath the ruins of the Cathedral destroyed by the earthquake of 1789 when the frescoes of the cupola were almost completed. In the painting Religion is represented by the figure of the Pope in a cloud of glory surrounded by angels. This scene of triumph has its counterpart in the middle section of the study showing a globe of the world and the figures of three men , one of whom is a moor; it is an allegory of the expansion of Religion throughout the world.
On either side of the principal subject, somewhat difficult to interpret, are two small pictures relating to the life of St. Florido and St. Amanzio; while in the lower part the picture between the windows represents the death of St. Florido.
In the second painting the Triumph of Faith is impersonated, in the large central picture, by a female figure, who holds a
chalice of the Eucharist, in a luminous aureole accompanied by a throng of angels giving thanks and praise.
In the middle section there are two regal figure with an unfurled banner surmounted by the
Cross. The two small lateral pictures illustrate the condemnation and martyrdom of St. Crescenziano, while the illustration between the windows probably represents the death sentence on Bishop Alberto and Deacon Brizio who were martyred in 711 A.D.
The themes chosen by Costantini were faithfully retained by
Tommaso Conca (1734-1822) who was invited to decorate the transept of the Cathedral between 1795-97.
He modified the study of The Triumph of Faih but left unaltered the project for
The story of Local Saints.
Repose in Egypt - oil on canvas by Tommaso Conca (1734-1822) "similar in style and subject to the picture painted for the Accademia di San Luca" (Casale, pp364-365)
It is one of the works executed by Conca in Cittą di Castello after finishing the frescoes of the cupola in the Cathedral (1795-1797) on the theme of Divine Mercy.
Studies on canvas representing the four Evangelists:
St. Matthew - St. Mark - St. Luke and St. John with their respective
They are the work of
Ludovico Mazzanti (1686-1775) and were executed in 1751 as part of the decoration of the cupola of the Cathedral
The Resurrection of Lazarus and "Visitation" oil on canvas - XVI century.
Attributed with some reservation to the painter Alberto Durante (1566 - 1623).