BBC | Amanda Ruggeri:
It would seem reasonable to wonder if Giovanni Balducci – a painter, trained under Vasari, whose work includes the frescoed interiors of the Uffizi, Volterra Cathedral and the Duomo in his own city of Florence – ever asked how his career had come to this.
By the early 17th Century, Balducci was working in Naples. He took on a project painting portraits of princesses, magistrates and judges in the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità, a church that had just been built in the neighbourhood of Rione Sanità… Read more
Image: Beneath the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità lies this gallery of ghoulish portraits (Credit: Amanda Ruggeri)