This Oratory in the small village of Stroncone, Umbria, is the place where
was housed the ancient Brotherhood of Saint John the Beheaded.
It is a jewel of architecture, sculpture and painting.
The richly decorated ceiling and the canvas paintings were painted by Giuseppe Bastiani, aka Giuseppe da Macerata, 1593 - 1630.
His signature can be found in latin in one of the canvases: "Opus Ioseph Mac.sis - MDCX" that is "Made by Joseph from Macerata - 1610".
All the reliefs as well as the altars are realized by two very talented brothers, Gregorio and Cristoforo Grimani,
very active since the last decade of the 16th century - see this page with pictures of their work.
Very colorful, the majority of the surfaces covered by "grotesque" decorations,and rich in gilding,
the Oratory is a meaningful example of Mannerism and a growing Baroque style.
I would like to mention some small monochrome scenes, impossible to enjoy from below,
and which in my opinion in many cases, witness the skillfulness of the painter:
few and fast compendiario style-like
brushstrokes that built volumes
and give dynamism
to the little