Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps was cardinal of this church in the later sixteenth century, and he commissioned this huge Mannerist chapel as his family tomb and as a place to house the precious ancient painting (6th-7th century) known as the Madonna of Clemency. This became his own personal icon, especially when his son Roberto, buried outside the chapel, was executed by Pope Sixtus V, who distinctly failed to exhibit the clemency of the Madonna.
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