Re: Re: Brother Michael Augustine O’Riordan
The Queen’s Chapel at St. James’ Palace. It combines a domestic exterior with a temple interior. The foundation stone was laid on 23 May 1623 as part of the conditions of the marriage contract of Dauphine of France, Henrietta Maria, to Charles I for the assurance of the free practice of her (Catholic) religion. Jones based the ceiling on the coffered ceiling of the reproduction of the Temple of the Sun and Moon (The Temple of Venus and Rome) in Palladio’s Book IV of the Quattro Libri.
The pediment of the Queen’s Chapel is based on earlier designs by Inigo Jones for the Prince’s lodgings at Newmarket 16-18-19 and demolished under Cromwell.
In his book Palladio and Palladianism Robert Tavernor seem to confuse the serliana altar piece of the East end of the Queen’s chapel with a Venetian window – which he says is “the first time this motof was built in a design by Jones” (p.130). The pictures are (I think) by Caracci.
Has anyone any pictures of the present interior of the Queen’s chapel?
And can anyone confirm for me that the Queen’s chapel has (or had) a retrosacristy?
Concerning the Queen’s Chpel, W. Maziere Brady in his Annals of the Catholic Hierarchy in England and Scotland A.D. 1585-1876 (1877) quotes a section of the Memoire kept by Gregorio Pazani, an Oratorian chosen by Cardinal Barberini to be an unofficial Papal agent in England assigned to the court of Queen Henrietta Maria. Panzani mentions: “On her arrival in England, her Majesty, Queen Henrietta, in conformity with the stipulations effected by aid of your Holiness, opened, besides her own private chapel, another, a public one, wherein by the Fathers of the Oratory at first, and afterwards by the Capuchins in their habits, were recited the Divine Offices, and Masss were said and Sacraments administered. At these services, the King and all his Court are present upon the high festival days, with notable edification. In this chapel the Divine Offices are celebrated with aid of excellent music, and it is incredible what good effect is produced on the congregations, not only by the beautiful ornament of the chapel and altar, and the correct performance of the ecclesiactical ceremonies, but also by the sermons delivered by the Capuchins, and occasionally by the Queen’s Almoner, the Bishop of Angouleme”.