I snapped the picture of the altar of St. Ignatius of Loyola (on the right) in the Church of the Gesù in Rome in September, 1998. To be honest, I wasn't much interested in the good Jesuit, Ignatius. My interest was on the altar and relic in the chapel directly opposite, that of St. Francis Xavier. It was to this altar and before this relic that the mother of the founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, St. Gaspar del Bufalo, brought him. At a year and a half, in 1787, Gaspar contracted a disease which threatened to blind him. Annunziata del Bufalo, who with her husband, Antonio, lived and worked in the Palazzo Altieri, adjacent to the Gesù, prayed to St. Francis Xavier, and to all appearances something miraculous happened and Gaspar's condition cleared up.
In 1695 he was given the prestigious commission, after winning a competition against Sebastiano Cipriani and Giovanni Battista Origone, for an altar in the St. Ignatius chapel in the left transept of the Church of the Gesù in Rome. This grandiose altar above the tomb of the saint, built with rare marbles and precious metals, shows the Trinity (I also got a picture of that, but it came out blurry), while four lapis lazuli columns (these are now copies) enclose the colossal statue of the saint by Pierre Legros. The altar was the coordinated work of more than 100 sculptors and craftsmen, among them, besides Pierre Legros, Bernardino Ludovisi, Il Lorenzone and Jean-Baptiste Théodon. Andrea Pozzo also designed the altar in the Chapel of St Francesco Borgia in the same church.