As the only major built work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, it is one of Rome’s least well-known small masterpieces. This entry documents a visit we made to the grounds of the villa (residence of the Grand Commander of the Knights of Malta) and its church, S. Maria in Priorato, in 2012.
Top: M. Sasek's 'This is Rome
Bottom: His drawing of S. Maria in Priorato and its keyhole.
View of Rome and St. Peter's from the terrace garden on the Aventine.
Students drawing in the Piazza of S. Maria in Priorato, June 2012
Detail of the Entry Portico of the Villa of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine.
L. Michael Djordjevitch drawing in the piazza R. Detail of the church door
L. James Diaz drawing the church facade R. Mike Zaragosa drawing the piazza
David Markel sketching the church facade, 2012
Joseph Tralongo skecthing the church facade, 2012
L. Suzanne Smith drawing the church R.Nina Roefaro drawing the interior
L. Detail of the apse R. Detail of interior capitol
L. Keystone detail R. Occulus detail
Mark Hendricks drawing the interior of the church, 2012
Garden gate, Villa of the Knights of Malta, 2012
Residence of the Grand Commander of the Knights of Malta, 2012
Sara Kramer drawing in the garden
Garden loggia with the arms of the Knights of Malta
View of the garden of the Villa of the Grand Commander
Sketch of a detail of the piazza, Richard Cameron, 2012
View of St. Peter's through the keyhole
Monument to Giovanni Batista Piranesi in S. Maria in Priorato