Monastery of Santa Chiara

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In the narrow street of St. Claire there is the former monastery of Santa Chiara, now headquarter of the High Institute for Art Industries. The architecture of the monastery is thought to be by Francesco di Giorgio Martini. It has a circular shape within a square; in the dome ceiling there are works by Pietro da Cortona, initially painted for the first chapel on the right of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, with scenes of the Apocalypse, then transferred in that church by Cardinal Annibale Albani. In the ceiling there are also works on cardboard by Ciro Ferri. In the church, tombstones of famous people buried there: the Duke Francesco Maria I and his wife Eleonora Gonzaga, Lavinia Feltria, Cardinal Giulio della Rovere, Giulia Varano, wife of Guidubaldo II, Battista Sforza, wife of Duke Federico.