I went to a great number of churches, each more beautiful than the other. In truth, a single one of these beautiful temples would decorate a city.
Roman Diary, 4 December 1825, EO XVII
All is holy here for him who comes as a true Christian pilgrim. As for me, I only see the apostles, the martyrs, the holy confessors of all ages. There is not a corner of Rome which is not a monument of faith or piety.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtes, 6 December 1825, EO VI n 210
Yvon Beaudoin explains: “He saw about fifty churches in five months. He multiplied visits to some of them. Thus, he went to Saint Mary Major’s, Saint Peter’s and the Sistine Chapel ten times. He usually wrote a brief historical account, sometimes with anecdotes or even legends of each one, and described the architecture, the paintings and art works he found there. Sometimes, he stopped simply because he was passing such or such a church by chance on his walks. Often he went there to say Mass, to take part in a religious ceremony along with a sermon, to adore the Blessed Sacrament during the Forty Hours devotion, or to gain the Jubilee indulgences.”
Roman Diary, Introduction, EO XVII, p. 16
“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” Marc Chagall