In the central nave, which is exceptionally tall and narrow, you will also find scenes from the Marian cycle, and on the pillars, there are depictions of prophets. One of them – Isaiah – is by Raphael! Look for the third column on the left in the main nave. Raphael created the fresco between 1511 and 1512, drawing inspiration from Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
Another highlight – especially for women who want to conceive or are already pregnant – is the Madonna del Parto (Madonna of Childbirth). The sculpture dates back to 1516, and since then, it has been worshipped by women, who touch its foot – you can see the wear and tear! You can find it on the left side immediately after entering the church.
But the most important artwork is undoubtedly the painting by Caravaggio, located in the Chapel of the Madonna di Loreto. For just EUR 1, the light even turns on 😉.
The notary Ermete Cavalletti took over the chapel in 1603 and commissioned Caravaggio to create an altarpiece: Maria di Loreto, also known as Madonna dei Pellegrini (Madonna of the Pilgrims). It depicts Mary with the Child Jesus and two pilgrims kneeling before Mary’s door, adoring the Child.