Oratorio San Filippo Neri-

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Francesco Borromini, Oratorio San Filippo Neri, 1637
by CHARNAI ANDERSON
Francesco Borromini a well-renowned Roman Baroque architect, built the Oratorio San Filippo Neri in 1637. This oratorio was built in honor of Philip Neri, an Italian priest noted for founding a society of secular clergy called the Congregation of the Oratory. Philip Neri is also known as the Third Apostle of Rome, behindSsaints Peter and Paul. After the death of Philip the Oratorians chose have Borromini work with Signor Paolo Maruscelli.


"By deciding to have two architects on the project, the Oratorians created an arrangement destined to fail. And it did" (Morissey 26). 

Borrimini's initial role was to execute Maruscelli's blueprints, Borromini almost instantly proposed alterations. Soon after his appointment with Borromini, Maruscelli resigned from the project, not able to handle Borromini's overbearing persona. Though Oratorio became what is now not by Borromini himself, considering that it was built in large part to Maruscelli's creation. "He had determined where it would stand and how the rooms around it should be arranged. What Borromini added was a greater sense of importance, of seriousness. Right beside the oratory is a church called the Santa Maria or also known as the Chiesa Nuova. Borromini's job was not to  compete with the Chiesa Nuova, but to make the oratory compelling enough to be worthy of residing next to it.

Martino Longhi the Elder, Santa Maria in Vallicella,1575

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